The 1975’s new album is topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, and they’ve just played three sold out dates at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. The band have described their rise as a “delirious ascent” and it’s one that’s been marked by some extraordinary achievements so far.
Over 10 years, the band operated under various names including Talkhouse, The Slowdown, Bigsleep and Drive Like I Do. Eventually, they settled on The 1975 around 2012, after Healy found a note in a book by Jack Kerouac dated “1 June, The 1975”.
One of the reasons why The 1975 look so comfortable on big stages could be because, in between relentless headline shows, on their rise they’ve supported some huge bands. In May 2013, they were given the opportunity to open for Muse at the Emirates Stadium, while they were also booked on the bill for The Rolling Stones’ mammoth Hyde Park gig in the same year.
The band’s debut album was released on September 2 2013, having been recorded with Arctic Monkeys and Foals collaborator Mike Crossey. On its release, it went straight to number 1 in the UK and number 28 in the US.
The live milestones didn’t stop there, either. In April 2014, the group booked a headline show at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. The gig capped an incredible year for the band, before they headed off to tour America.