Single Review – The 1975 – Love Me

The Manchester Pop-group The 1975 spent much of their time between their debut album and now treading a fine line between Indie Mediocrity and general Mediocrity  and with their new track ‘Love Me’ they have firmly fell into the latter category. They retain their unjustified arrogance and poor lyrics and put out all the stops in an 80’s tack-fest with the over-weighted percussion and novelty synths. They don’t even do it with a Peter Gabriel eccentricity and musical capability, but it is a purely hollow take on what is a hollow sound if you’re just after something else other than music quality. The Vamps ran away with the musical quality they thought they possessed.  What a Tragedy…

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

STAND UP AND BE COUNTED – PEACE, THE 1975, DRENGE, ROYAL BLOOD, SWIM DEEP, JAWS, THE ORWELLS, WAVVES, FIDLAR, BASTILLE, SPECTOR, TOM ODELL AND THE LIKE OF THEM.

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“They were desperate to say that “oh I went to this great café. It was really authentic. The cutlery was all dirty”” – Jarvis Cocker

“Psychedelia has become too much of an easy tagline. Really the term should be about exploration” – Tom Cowan

” I don’t see a story unfolding with bands because it is gap year music. It seems like somebody has said, ‘I think I’ll do an album then my dad will give me a job in the accountancy firm’.” – James Dean Bradfield

“As soon as it sounds fine, I’m on to the next thing” – Damon Albarn

“I know there’s bands that’ll write something like The Smiths and they’ll go ‘Oh it sounds like The Smiths’, but we’ve got to not make it sound like The Smiths” – Noel Gallagher

“I think a lot of people study the rules too much and don’t know how to be creative” – Julian Casablancas

“That’s really scary because it’s hard to see how music and art can continue to develop or challenge itself within these new, very commercial frames.” – Karin Dreijer Andersson

I feel that the floodgates have well and truly opened for the hipster and I now feel like I have a good enough grasp of it’s ‘culture’ to make an educated comment. In their short existence, the Hipster has made a mockery of Indie music and left it a laughing stock. The new breed of fans and bands seem to have largely split themselves into two new camps. Desert Rock and Psychedelic Rock. Yet for some bizarre reason they believe it’s ‘scene’ or whatever to talk like an L.A gangster… or gangsta as they would say. God I dread the day when social historians look back at 2014’s Twitter timeline to see tweet after tweet stating “These nu vibez got me trippin blud! The guitarist is so rad ‘n’ such a bae” For me it just shows how music is a backwater here. It is all about the image and the trends and that is true for the ‘artists’ and as a consequence the fans. After they cottoned on that The Black Keys were getting attention, but mainly after the sound of Arctic Monkeys last two LP’s; big, bulky, distorted guitars have been all the rage. Stand up Royal Blood, Drenge, Circa Waves, Wavves, The Orwells. You show me the difference. Psychedelia and Neo-psychedelia have been the other targets. Again, they cottoned on The Horrors or Tame Impala were getting attention and now you have The Horrors desperately trying to disassociate themselves from the new context of the term Psychedelic. Stand up Swim Deep, JAWS, Peace etc. Show me the difference. Amongst other things I’ve noted is that I listened to ‘Rattlesnake Highway’ by Palma Violets genuinely thinking it was The Vaccines. Show me the difference. That ‘totes indie’ jangling riff is a common trait of Peace and The 1975 as well as the way both vocalists sing with that lethargic slur and how stagnant and devoid of character their lyrics are. Can someone please draw a dividing line between Peace and The 1975? They are one in the same to me. What makes it more humorous is that fans of each think the other is killing music. I guess hypocrites never recognise their own reflections. Bastille and Tom Odell put on such a vocal style that makes them appear allergic to their vowels in a not too dissimilar fashion to Peace and The 1975. The almost endless amount of times a band will blatantly rip someone off is comical too! You can get all worked up about One Direction’s army of writers stealing classic tracks but listen to ‘World Pleasure’ by Peace. Would they still feel so strongly about it then? In fact they will take pride in the fact it sounds like Pet Shop Boys or The Stones Roses, Happy Mondays, Daft Punk etc. etc. Nirvana is a common victim along with QOTSA, The Clash, Pulp, Bowie, Suede, Manics, Oasis, Blur, T Rex, MBV, The Beatles, Stones etc. etc. all tainted by the dim minded artists of the hipster generation. It’s a quick fix when you’d rather be picking out your tie-dye, leopard print and fakes glasses then writing your own music. It is a crime in equal measure of hiring teams of writers for your songs. Music and it’s advancement loses out on both occasions. It’s easier to stay hip and just copy off the innovators rather than emulate them in being innovative yourself. It’s easy to say you are ‘influenced’ by someone if you are just ripping them off. But then again this time last year their fans were probably influenced by Ellie Goulding or Example and so will not know the difference.

Do not fear though… the innovators of 2014 are there if you slash your way through everyone trying to be different while being one in the same. The sheer inventiveness of St. Vincent, The bold and brave production of Beck, The pulsating rotations of Wild Beasts, The dark, electronic currents of The Knife, The echoed chambers of Warpaint, The sonically charged, expanded sounds of The Horrors and so many more. You don’t have to follow the hipster cycle of destruction. Just follow what sounds new or interesting. Don’t let another genre become as toxic as Indie has become.

 

“Psychedelia becomes too much of an easy tagline. Really, the term should be about exploration.
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/the-horrors/76237#HHm4sxYz5rFzXSpP.99
“Psychedelia becomes too much of an easy tagline. Really, the term should be about exploration.
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/the-horrors/76237#HHm4sxYz5rFzXSpP.99
“Psychedelia becomes too much of an easy tagline. Really, the term should be about exploration.
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/the-horrors/76237#HHm4sxYz5rFzXSpP.99
“Psychedelia becomes too much of an easy tagline. Really, the term should be about exploration.
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/the-horrors/76237#HHm4sxYz5rFzXSpP.99

The 1975 – The 1975 Review

Again I have to talk about a band that people love or loathe so I apologise in advance because someone is gonna be upset but y’know! Don’t read it if there may be words some readers may find disturbing. Up until yesterday I really have not listened to them or knew anything about them but now that I do know, I’m quite depressed. It came to my attention that a vast majority of The 1975’s fans emerged because Harry Styles likes them. That needs no follow up. Now if I wasn’t trying to be impartial then I’d stop now but I am so let’s hope and pray they don’t sound like those hollow-headed puppets. While we’re at it, I’m gonna refer to something Noel Gallagher said about music videos in that he said that he hates having to do music videos and plays not part in how they are made because the video should revolve around the music anyway. Now we all know Noel is effectively a moaning middle aged man but he does have a point. The 1975 have perfume ads for videos and they write them all too. The worrying thing is that it seems they spend more time thinking about the video rather than the songs or writing their songs with the video in mind.  It’s madness. The fact Matthew Healy thinks he’s a James Dean Bradfield/Dave Gahan hybrid is more of a personal annoyance. Because he’ll never be either. But anyway I’m rating this on the music and about the music it shall be.

‘Chocolate’ has quite a catchy sort of indie pop riff to open the song and it acts as the hook for the rest of it. Everything else just follows on from it in terms of the bass and the percussion with the thinly spread synth chords in the background. Matthew’s vocals are in a naïve sort of style in that it loses depth towards the end of each line which will make some people tear their hair out but at times it is used and manipulated well for melodic effect. It’s pretty much an indie or a hipster pop anthem. ‘Sex’ has that anthemic like rapid rhythm guitar riff that makes it easier for distorted lead guitar riffs to feed off it well for yet again more melody. The rest of it sort of churns along as well and the instrumental shows that they aren’t just distorting their guitars for the hell of it and suggests some musical aptitude that they probably don’t show enough. The vocal is very much set up for the festivals with it’s sing-a-long quality and shouty style. Musically it’s alright but the lyrics are a different story. I just can’t be arsed with songs that are so blatantly about sex. It’s like the default writing material. They don’t even write about it with any style or imagination which wouldn’t bother me at all if they did. Maybe I would understand personally if I could vaguely attract any girl but even if I could I doubt I would change my mind. It’s just completely unimaginative and just washes over me because it holds zero lyrical value and isn’t profound or innovative in any way or even relatable because someone’s already related to it so I suggest they use their brains in future but the music for this track wasn’t bad.

‘The City’ has some dup step overtones! Yippee! They do carve a tune out of it though for which I can’t argue with. That light, indie pop riff is there yet again. The percussion has a little more echo on it which creates the illusion of a little more space which they don’t use anyway but it’s there. The only time they do use it is the brief moment they incorporate the synth into the track and it sounds much better for it but they could still do with a better grasp of soundscape and light and shade and all that. ‘Girls’ starts as a pure 80’s pop tune with the jolly, staggered and light riff which does work well against the deep bass line and the echo on the drums takes on a different role with everything going on. Apart from that it’s pure pop indulgence. ‘M.O.N.E.Y’ shows they have some production capabilities and the change of sound is was desperately needed with it. The whole album is just some reconfiguring or re-enacting of pop’s tried and tested pop melodies, hooks and rhythm sections just channelled through musicians. Not entertainers. The vocals are pretty smooth and help the songs flow a little better, while they seem to be capable musicians in the way they sound. It isn’t as bad as everybody makes out but it’s not spectacular in any way either so if you’re looking for creative music and lyrics or anything profound or interesting then this isn’t for you. If you’re looking to sing a long, dance or just have a good time then this might be the music for it as they evoke those qualities in their music brilliantly and that can’t be denied. But when you stack it up to the great albums of 2013 so far then it’s a long way off.

The 1975 – The 1975 = 6/10

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