The 1975 Bring an Astounding Visually-Appealing Show to Seattle

By: Mehlika Eski

April 26, 2019

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The English alt-rock band stunned a packed crowd at WaMu Theatre Thursday night on their tour promoting their newest album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.

Where do I even begin? The 1975 has been one of my favorite bands for years, and I thought that there was no way that they could top their last tour, but obviously I was wrong.  For starters, my mind was completely blown. I’d been watching videos of shows for this tour and knew everything to expect but was still completely blown away by what I saw in front of me. The 1975 really is THAT band, not only when it comes to the uniqueness of their music but to their incredible stage production as well. 

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Let me try to paint an image here: the stage had three giant, light-up rectangles, one towards the back and one on either side, and at the very back of the stage was a giant screen that would light up with different visuals, depending on the song. The band – consisting of drummer George Daniels, lead guitarist Adam Hann, bassist Ross MacDonald, and singer Matthew “Matty” Healy – all in their respective places, with the addition of saxophonist John Waugh and Taitlyn and Kaylee Jaiy, identical twins who provided back-up vocals and choreographed dances. It was a full stage, to say the least.

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 One of the first songs they played was “Sincerity Is Scary,” a single from their latest release A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationship (abbreviated as ABIIOR), and during this song, Matty dawned a rucksack and a hat with bunny ears – just like he has on in the music video. The screen in the back of the room showed a slow-scrolling image of the fronts of buildings, and at the very front of the stage was something that made everyone go crazy – a moving walkway that Matty would utilize to walk, dance, or just stand still on as it carried him across the stage. He would walk on the track and stay in one place, but the image on the screen in the back would continue scrolling, giving the illusion of him walking down a suburban street. This was absolutely one of my favorite things and every person I talked to after the show said the same thing.

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Another one of my favorite moments during the show was something that was built behind-the-scenes by the fans. While waiting in the queue, a handful of fans had passed out hundreds of single, white, artificial roses. The band played the closing track from ABIIOR, “I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes),” and during this song, everyone who grabbed a rose held it up in the air as they sang along, and at the end of the song, they all threw them towards the stage. It created this absolutely beautiful moment, with the giant rectangle in the back glowing a bright white, and the lights of the stage illuminating the faces in the crowd. Everyone looked blissful in that moment, even the band.

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The 1975 played such a brilliant mix of songs from all of their albums, including some old favorites: “She Way Out,” “Loving Someone,” “Fallingforyou,” and “You” (a personal favorite of mine, which was so beautiful that, yes, I did cry, in case you were wondering). They also played a good number of new tracks, including “Give Yourself A Try,” “Love It If We Made It,” and “I Like America & America Likes Me,” all of which were accompanied with striking visuals and an insane light show.

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It’s hard to put into words just everything that I experienced. I could easily write a small book about this show itself; it was just that remarkable. But even then, I don’t think my words could do the show justice: it is absolutely something that you just have to experience. If you’re a fan of The 1975 and haven’t been out to a show yet, or if you’re someone who doesn’t know the band too well and is looking for a reason to jump on the bandwagon, then I highly suggest catching these guys the next time they come to town. You will not be disappointed, and you can take my word for it.


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