"It is not often that a band arrives on the scene and garners not only the respect of music anoraks, who pore over every chord and lyric, but also the adulation of legions of hysterical teenage girls.
The 1975 do just that, with their eponymous début album being just as much at home in a trendy dad’s car as it would be in his daughter’s Spotify playlist.
With their easy light indie guitar riffs and cute boy band looks the four lads from Wilmslow have had a meteoric rise to fame over the last year.
A string of punchy singles which include The City, Chocolate, Girls- and by far the most popular of the evening, Sex, The 1975 have cemented their place as one of the most exciting young bands out there.
Watching the group at a packed Apollo one thing became instantly clear; their popularity amongst teenage girls is unparalleled.
For anyone who has ever watched grainy footage of The Beatles performing in their heyday, with hundreds of teens screaming and fainting, a gig with The 1975 is a pretty similar experience.
Frontman Matt Healy strutted on stage with the swagger of Mick Jagger and danced with the flamboyance of Morrissey. He can only be described as the pied piper of pop, with teens hooked on his every word.
With every nod of the head or shout of ‘how are you Manchester?’ the room erupted into rapture.
The cult of Healy was perhaps oddly demonstrated when a portion of the crowd noticed his 13 year old brother Louis was a guest in the crowd.
Before The 1975 arrived on stage a queue of more than 30 girls formed to get a picture with the mini Matt, much to his delight.
Nothing could compare however to the reaction his older brother received when he burst into the opening verse of Chocolate, with the room collectively jumping and echoing his every word.
A favourite outside the band’s best known tracks was Heart Out, the driving bass line got the second floor of the Apollo bouncing and set the tone for the rest of a great gig.
If the band continues with the momentum they have gathered so far it wouldn’t be a surprise if they’re selling out stadiums before long.”
(c) Dan O’Donoghue // Manchester Evening News
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