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.