May 6th & 7th
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What you’ve all been waiting for.
Starting off with that agonizing ten-minute hum, the crowd anxiously talks amongst themselves, each with hearts beginning to beat faster and faster. The noise crescendos, the iconic rectangle glows of bright pink, then the quick burst of light, silence followed by “go down, soft sound..” as the colorful static engulfs the screen. Inside of the crowd you don’t notice it, but standing at the back of The Fillmore the screams become almost ear piercing as the four band members casually walk on stage amidst the fog and intensifying lights. The 1975 audio crescendos, another bright pop of light, silence….
The show has begun.
Following a similar setlist as performed over the last year, the band pumped up the crowd with Love Me as the opening number, followed by a mix of songs from their self-titled album The 1975 and I Like it When You Sleep. After seeing the band perform multiple times over the years, I still can’t help but get goosebumps and flushed cheeks as I watch their masterpiece unfold in front of thousands. Hearing and seeing their song iliwys live for the first time this weekend was indescribable. I might have shed some tears watching it on their BBC Live Lounge symphony performance, but in person the feeling it brought was complete happiness. Watching the boys all bob in sync while performing such a defining song was electrifying.
The 1975 without a doubt take us on an emotional journey as their set creates pieces of art combining the lights and the music. The backdrop of the video screen, the four pillars and the three hanging rectangles gives the audience context to put with the songs and incredible images to hold on to well after the show is over. The band’s performance over the two nights in Denver holds constant in their musical talent and ability to capture the attention of every single person in the sold-out venue. Matty Healy’s voice whether singing, ranting or just talking has a way of connecting each person to whomever they are standing next to. With wide eyes and open ears, every fan has been impacted by the brilliance of Matty, George, Adam and Ross. Beyond just their music, these four musicians have created a bubble for us to revel in and thrive on. They have been able to convey a message of love, lust, confusion and acceptance to youth around the world, which is so important in today’s time. They have defied the rules of rock and roll and have become their own genre of entertainment. There are no limits with this band, they have surpassed the expectations of everyone and continue to climb up a ladder only they can extend.
Music for Cars can’t come soon enough.