The 1975 treated fans at a homecoming live show in Manchester for BRITs Week with a front-to-back performance of their influential self-titled debut album.
Yes, that's right; the 1975 performed...well...The 1975.
The gig (taking placing this BRITs Week in aid of charity Warchild) has long been rumoured among the fanbase, so tickets to see Matty and co. at Gorilla in Manchester were a hot commodity, following their recent sell-out success with the At Their Very Best Tour, which promotes the boys' latest album, Being Funny In A Foreign Language.
But The 1975 stripped things way back for this intimate gig - eschewing the complex set they've been using for their recent arena shows, they took it back to basics (quite literally), with just a spare neon sign to represent the band's original logo, a hallmark of some of their earliest gigs (and, of course, their first two album covers).
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And The 1975 may be admittedly At Their Very Best right now, so it was only right they performed their wildly influential and widely imitated 2013 debut album, The 1975, front to back, entirely in full - with some songs even being performed by the band for the first time since 2015.
Taking The 1975 track by track - from its titular opener, now a staple of all the band's album's, and it's sentimental closer Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You, written about Matty's younger brother Louis - there were still a few surprises for fans, including the band playing the earlier EP version of their track Sex (originally released and demo'd before the 1975 were even the 1975, as a matter of fact).
The evening was clearly of great importance to frontman Matty Healy, who may not have eaten raw meat or kissed anyone this time, but he did have some lovely things to say about Manchester, this phase in the band's career and the fans that had gathered there to watch them.
"This is very full-circle for us. That song [M.O.N.E.Y] was about this street, let alone this city, so it’s very cool to be here. Thanks so much for coming," Matty said. There’s no concept, we’re just…here….[We’re] warming back up. Nice to see you guys – I recognise a lot of people here so this is really nice.”
And for those of you worried that this means The 1975 is going down the full nostalgia route, never fear. After playing the EP demo of Sex, Matty said to the crowd: "Hardcore fans will know what we’re up to right now. I want to remind you that nostalgia is a sickness. This is not nostalgic. We wouldn’t be doing this if we weren’t only getting really good.
"We’re just starting to make our best work, so I don’t mind doing something that’s slightly nostalgic. Because it’s just for us isn’t it?”
With the release of Being Funny In A Foreign Lanugage last year - which debuted straight at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart - the 1975 now have the distinction of being part of a select group of artists to achieve a Number 1 with every one of their studio albums so far.
At this year's BRIT Awards, The 1975 are up for three awards in total, including Best British Band and the night's biggest award, Best British Album.
The 1975's BRITs Week homecoming show at Gorilla, Manchester setlist in full
She Way Out
Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You
It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)
If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)
I’m In Love With You
Be My Mistake