The 1975 – Sex (EP) Review

You would have had to be buried under a very heavy rock to not have heard of The 1975 by now. The Manchester quartet are possibly the hottest piece of property in the UK music scene right now and their ‘Sex’ EP is testament to why this is.

It starts with the bass/beat heavy dance number Intro/Set 3. With pounding and electronic vocals and other synth noises buzzing around it grabs your attention instantaneously and you know you’re in for quite a ride.

Second track Undo is a slow moving ballad, led by a plucky guitar and a smoother than chocolate vocal. It effortlessly has an anthemic chorus without having any huge crescendos. I can’t sing this bands praises loud enough, they’ve got such a unique sound that it needs to be heard to be believed and believe me, you’ll love it too.

The third track is the lead and title track; Sex. If you’ve been aware of The 1975 before they even were The 1975 you’ll have head Sex before. Even still, a year on, the song remains catchy as ever. There are hooks all over the place in this song, my favourite being; ‘She’s got a boyfriend anyway’, instant hook. It’s a true pop/rock song with a vocal that pierces right through you in the best possible way. This is the song that will get the festival crowds jumping and the big label representatives nodding.

Final track is entitled You, begins with stadium sized guitar noises and then the indie/plunky guitar enters and everything becomes very ‘1975-esque’ again. This song perhaps allows comparisons with Kings of Leon with the way the song progresses but this is in no way a bad thing. It’s a perfect end to this EP, it’s mellow and yet aggressively delivered, it’s moody and passionate; it’s great.

The 1975 are onto something huge and this EP should be a stepping stone in the right direction to fame. And by fame I mean, huge fame. If any band deserves it, it’s these guys, they’ve created the buzz, they’ve built the fan base, they’ve released music slowly but surely and captured the interest of thousands; it’s time millions heard this and I’m sure, in time, they will.

The 1975 – Facedown (EP Review)

I’ve covered The 1975 before, hailing them as the masters of buzz creating and on the 1st of August they released their debut EP, something that has had people dripping in sweat with anticipation, including me. The question is, was it worth the wait?

First track, aptly titled ‘Facedown’ is like a pre-song interlude. It’s full of swaying synthesizers and heavily effected vocals. The track is spacey and starts the EP off tremendously, you really can’t place the sound which is quite the feat.

Next up comes the well known ‘The City’. This is easily one of the best songs I’ve heard this year. The lead vocalist has a voice that goes straight through you, you honestly can’t get enough of it. This track is the catchiest and most anthemic on the EP by a distance, it packs everything; powerful beats, rolling bass, reverberant guitars and sweeping synthesizers coupled with big pop hooks. Perfect.

‘Antichrist’ is reminiscent of a sermon. In the way that the song is delivered, it’s powerful, it’s slow, it’s grand. The drums and bass really glue this track together and keep it rolling along. You can almost imagine this track being sang by one hundred choirs, it’s a really beautiful track.

Final track ‘Woman’ keeps to the same formula. Distant guitar and vocal sounds that mix deliciously. This track succeeds in being perfectly endearing and sweet and sincere. This band are destined for big things, hopefully their label Dirty Hit keep them going for as along as possible and get them to the places they deserve to be.

‘Facedown’ was one of the most hyped EP’s I’d ever heard of, and for very good reason, it’s successfully surpassed my expectations and much more. Get it on Itunes, get it now, turn off the lights and let this band take away your troubles and anxieties for 14 minutes.

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