The 1975 LIVE @ McCluskys Kingston 1.8.13

The 1975 sent a young and eccentric crowd into a dancing frenzy with their high-tempo Indie Pop last night, as the foursome from Manchester played their re-scheduled album release show.

The band were supposed to grace the stage at Banquet Records ‘New Slang – Indie Night,’ last February but the show had to be postponed. Since then have become one of 2013’s biggest newcomers, with hits such as ‘Sex’ and ‘Chocolate.’ Performing at what normally is a night club, the group seemed at home in front of their fans, although at one point the lead singer, Matt Healy, graciously admitted that the probability that most of the crowd was just coming to hear them play ‘Chocolate.’

 The support came from indie rockers, The Heartbreaks, who seemed to have a loyal following scattered amongst The 1975 fans. Lead singer, Matthew Whitehouse brought a Pete Doherty style to the stage with his slurred but vulnerable voice, interacting with guitarist Ryan Wallace and bassist Chris Deakin in a way that Doherty and Carl Barat were seen to do back in the Libertines day. Whitehouse proved his vocal talents when he finished off the set with part of Whitney Houston’s famous track ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’. If this lot had of come along in the early 2000’s it’s likely they would be an established household name by now.

After a quick breath of smoke infested air, it was time to see the band we had all been eagerly waiting for. A huge cheer went up as the Mancunian boys walk on stage, whilst I am still waiting for a drink at the mobbed bar. The mixture of electro guitars and well timed rhythm on the drum support the high pitched vocals of Hann superbly, causing chaotic mosh pits that would normally be found at a hard rock gig.

The penultimate song of the set ‘Sex,’ explicitly describing what every youngster would hope to be doing at the end of a night out, ‘An she said use your hands in my spare time, we’ve got one thing in common, it’s this tongue of mine.’  Crowd favourite ‘Chocolate,’ end the night and sends the crowd into jubilation with girls and boys singing along to every word, not in tune mind.

At the end of the performance, there is a friendly vibe around the place, with strangers speaking to strangers about witnessing this year’s potential best newcomers performance before heading back to their individual friendship groups to enjoy the rest of the night in the humid club in Kingston.

Tom Eastwood