14 years of hard work is finally paying off
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.
It all started for The 1975 back in 2002, when the band met as teenagers at high school. Originally, they played covers and Matt Healy was the group's first drummer before switching to vocals.
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".
In August 2012, 'The City' was released as their debut single, and appeared on their debut EP 'Facedown'. The track was a hit at radio and went into the charts at number 30.
Second single 'Chocolate' was the band's breakthrough song. It charted at number 19 in the UK, and has since been certified silver. In the US, it's been certified gold.
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.
As the tents at Reading & Leeds grow bigger each year, it gets harder and harder for bands to have audiences spilling out beyond the canvas coverings. The 1975 had no such problems when they played the Festival Republic tent in 2013, with rows of fans craning to see from far outside the tent poles.
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.
Shortly after the album's release, the band played three sold out shows at London's Shepherds Bush Empire. Just four months later, they were playing three more shows in the capital – this time a run of sold out dates at Brixton Academy.
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.
The 1975 announced their return last year with new track 'Love Me', a Bowie-esque attack on selfie culture. Now their second album, the ludicrously titled 'I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It', is sitting pretty at the top of both UK and US album charts.