The 1975 are on an almighty roll right now. Not only are they set to conquer the UK charts, according to Billboard, the band’s outrageously titled, sophomore album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’ is on track to hit the top spot in the US charts too. That’s no small accomplishment, only six British artists (Radiohead, The Beatles, Coldplay, Susan Boyle, Adele and Ed Sheeran) have topped the UK and US charts at the same time with the same album in the last 16 years. Even Pope Francis has nabbed himself a copy.
It’s no real surprise, The 1975’s new album is 17 tracks long and full of “swampy post-rock instrumentals and references mental health, religion, addiction, loneliness and fame.” – pretty ambitious right? As a celebration, the band hosted a listening party via Twitter with the hashtag #the1975listeningparty yesterday evening (March 2nd), inviting fans worldwide to listen and Tweet along to their bombastic new record at 10pm GMT.
Throughout, the band posted individual artwork to accompany the new tracks and you can see all the pics, GIFs, and all round crazy responses from listeners in this handy Twitter Moment below. Beginning tomorrow, the band begin their huge UK tour, which includes a whopping five nights at London’s o2 Academy Brixton, but it appears that in no time, Matt Healy and co. will be playing venues of similar size worldwide. That’s if the globe-trotting responses to the listening party are to go by.
Matt Healy even posted behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the record, too.