The Phenomenom of The 1975 & Concert Review @ The Rave, Milwaukee, WI

Preshow portal of The 1975 (photo: joe grez/sesame)

Preshow portal of The 1975 (photo: joe grez/sesame)

Milwaukee, WI – So I’ve been known to chase a story down once or twice. Ok, maybe a few other times as well. This one took me to Milwaukee a few months back in mid-September. It’s the fascination with a group of musicians named after the year after I was born. It’s as if they walked through the white glowing rectangular portal onto stage and just decided to rock. Clad in black, leather, hoodies and Doc Martins. Maybe something circa 78, maybe 83, maybe 89, maybe 95, maybe 02, but most certainly 13. They are The 1975.


Matthew Healy, Adam Hann, Ross MacDonald and George Daniel hail from Manchester, UK. Shocker. All good things seem to come out of Manchester, ask Joup columnist Chester Whelks. Shall I name a few acts (like you don’t know): (ahem) The Hollies, Herman’s Hermits, The Bee Gees,  Joy Division,  New Order, The Happy Mondays, Buzzcocks, The Smiths and Morrissey (of course), The Stone Roses, Oasis, James, Bad Drawn Boy, Simply Red, and perhaps my favorite band ever Doves.  That’s just a few…and now The 1975.

Matt Healy of The 1975 (photo: joe grez/sesame)

Matt Healy of The 1975 (photo: joe grez/sesame)

So the boys have a heap of history to not only drawn upon but also live up to. They been together for nearly 10 years and are still kids, jeez not being more then 24 years old. Healy recounts that the name was inspired by scribblings found in the back page of an old Beat poetry book dated “1 June, The 1975″ (the guardian)


They put it together for real early last year and in two years just blew up…quickly. Now having toured not only in the UK and Europe, but also in The States, Canada, Hong Kong, and Australia. Yeah, that is very quick to be such an act, but they bring it and their first major singles “Chocolate” and “The City” really helped propel that.


Adam Hann of The 1975 (photo: joe grez/sesame)

Adam Hann of The 1975 (photo: joe grez/sesame)

Someone mentioned to me after suggesting The 1975, that they were not really into “boy bands.” Fair enough. Carry on. They are definitely handsome young men, and the girls do go gaga over Matty and Adam et al. But really when you seem them live, one quickly understand they are so much more then that.

They have found this sound which is so uniquely theirs, but draws from what I would say, well, from their portal. And the mixed crowd at The Rave in the near west of Milwaukee really attested to that. They opened with “The City” and just continued to rock out, and everyone continued to dance, even while standing at the bar ordering drinks. Sure there were the teeny boppers but then an older crowd that appreciates quality rock n roll. They got it. Yes, the basement in The Rave rocked, probably more so then the upstairs.

“She Way Out,” and “Talk!” are some of my favorite from their complied first LP self-titled release.  Plus “Milk” from a vinyl 45 single that I picked up for a mere $4. All these cuts heard and appreciated even more live right on the spot.

Finally closing after well over an hour with “Chocolate” and their finest cut “Sex.”


The 1975 (joe grez/sesame)

The 1975 (joe grez/sesame)

How the F*&^ did this happen? And so quickly at that.  Well, it helps they had ten years together behind them. And helps they are handsome, and social media REALLY helped with that. They blew up on not only on Facebook, but on Twitter and Instagram especially as all their pictures appearing in classic black and white. There are quite a few tasteful shots as well. Follow The 1975 on IG here and Guitarist Adam Hann here.

They are model for the modern act: put together. It’s starts with the music (of course) but packaging it so crucial and makes the really good act into the Rock Star Act. They are managed by Jamie Oborone and booked through Matt Bates in for the world and Mike Mori in The United States.


So The 1975 is off and running quite well. Me thinks they are phenoms. But still wet behind the ears, you can see it in interviews. But this can be brushed of for youth and rightful so. That’s what the people want out their rock stars, youth and timelessness. Legendary Manchester status calls for at least one more knock out album. So upon delivery we can start putting them in that circle. It’s really not far away actually. Can I find the portal to 2045?

Joe Grez

Joe Grez

Joe Grzesik (JGrez) is still an artist developer trying to keep up with new technologies. Photography still has been one of his strongest passions. However, now his main focus has led him back to music where he teaches guitar, piano, saxophone and percussion privately. Music education can never be short changed.

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