No words can justifiably describe the performance the 1975 put on at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. This was night two at the Greek after high demand due to the first night’s tickets selling out instantly. As someone who casually enjoys the 1975’s music, this reviewer admittedly went into the Greek with high expectations of a stellar performance—seeing the band for the first time. Not to mention that the dedicated fans at the forefront of the barrier said, “You’re about to witness God emerge.”
The 1975 definitely did not disappoint—all expectations met and way beyond. The quartet delivered a top-notch performance that suited the Greek Theatre venue harmoniously with vibrant lights and booming sounds soaring to the starry skies. Everyone involved in the production of each night’s performances deserves an A+; everything from set design, lights, soundboards, visuals and, of course, the band itself succeeds with flying colors.
This tour celebrates the 1975’s latest album, i like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, so a majority of the set consisted of selections from this album along with songs across their discography. The entire night exhibited an overall theme about vibes—this reviewer truly resonated with the instrumental tunes towards the middle of the set. The 1975 kicked off the night with high-energy numbers such as “Love Me,” “Heart Out” and “Ugh” to get the crowd hyped up and singing—read: screaming and shouting—along. Stage performance antics seemed like a piece of cake as each member effortlessly contributed to a flawless presentation of art. Singer Matty Healy deservedly lived up to the definition of a rock & roll frontman—he sang with crisp, pitch-perfect vocals, he danced, he made funny faces, he rocked the guitar, he played piano and he ultimately kept the show moving along with no room for dips. A few more upbeat tunes flew by and then the set hit a tranquil lull with several instrumentals from i like it when you sleep…
To be honest, a casual listener of the 1975 might not quite grasp these instrumentals at first few listens but witnessing them live changes that notion tenfold. There’s no denying it was entertaining to see these British men singing/playing great tunes, but with the combination of the illuminating lights, stunning abstract visuals (three slowly spinning glass pillars during the title track performance), no vocals—just pure sounds coming together—with the band taking their sweet time to really embellish every sound played, newly acquired fans could truly feel the music, feel the musing vibes, feel with all the senses, a deeper resonance one can feel beating in the heart. Songs that might have been skipped before on shuffle now have a new respect and appreciation for the sound of music.
One admirable gesture the band did was during “Loving Someone,” where Healy introduced the song with a disclaimer that it’s about “universal compassion,” which was picked up by the LGBT community. He then proceeded to inform the audience that a portion of the sales from one of their merch items—a hoodie sweater with a rainbow flag printed on it—was being donated to various charities supporting LGBT communities, further putting out good vibes. After a round of applause and cheers, the band jumped right into the song with fitting rainbow lights.
To close out the night the band encored with well-known hits—“Chocolate” and “The Sound”—leaving audience members speechless, needing a few extra minutes to digest and process what they had witnessed. For two hours they were able to escape the realities of life, let go of all inhibition and immerse into the colorful world of the 1975 and float among fluffy clouds of sound. Can’t quite say that God made a direct appearance, but a live show by the 1975 is absolutely a spiritual experience.
Text and photos by Siri Svay
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