The Gig Review
Before the release of their fourth studio album, Notes on a Conditional Form, and after a victorious year involving headlining Reading festival and a Grammy Nomination, The 1975 are touring the UK and they are coming to Bournemouth.
Mostly playing off their number 1 album from last year, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, The Cheshire four piece also played such hit songs off their self-titled debut album, their sophomore record, I like it when you sleep…, as well as some brand new songs off their new record Notes on a Conditional Form.
Taking “opening with a bang” quite literally, they play People, Sex, TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME, Me & You Together Song, Sincerity is Scary and It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You). The set then slows down and gets a little hit or miss in the middle, however they more than make up for it with the live debut of their new song The Birthday Party, followed by banger after banger including; I Like America and America Likes Me, Somebody Else, I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes), Love It When We Made It, Chocolate, the Grammy nominated Give Yourself a Try, and of course closing this stellar show with The Sound.
The 1975 have come a long way since they formed in 2002. The energy and song quality does dip in the middle, but largely due to their slow songs, The Birthday Party’s live debut and the inclusion of early EP tracks Milk and fallingforyou. Although they could’ve played more off their debut album, Notes of a Conditional Form is shaping up to be potentially their best album yet. All they need is to more evenly distribute the hits and perhaps swap out Milk and faillingforyou with Girls and The City? But that’s just my own personal suggestion. Nonetheless, The 1975 proved why they are one of the UK’s biggest, most relevant bands and long may their reign continue.