The 1975- Two Nights in Denver

Fillmore Auditorium
Denver, Colorado
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.

Listen on Spotify and iTunes. Watch on YouTube.

 

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The Japanese House – Live

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Globe Hall- Denver, CO
March 1, 2017

This time around The Japanese House has the spotlight all to herself, stepping out of the shadow of her fellow label mates and mentors, The 1975. Singer-songwriter Amber Bain, small in stature and a seemingly timid personality, sure knows captivate a room with her music.  Between Bain’s layered harmonies, the synthesizer and the effortless chords coming from her ice blue guitar, the crowd was inevitably swaying side to side or bobbing their heads along with the beat, myself included.  The Japanese House started and ended with two of her staple songs Clean and Still from past EPs, with old and new mixed in between.  Bain’s talent definitely makes up for the low budget set up, and once they started playing I hardly even paid attention to the eye-watering smoke machine that continuously filled the room. Bain and her band mates got into their groove right off the bat and it felt like everyone was just hanging out and enjoying a chill evening.  The fans all sung along, carrying Bain even when she slipped up on her lyrics—which she recovered quickly from—followed by an easy-going laugh.  She seemed very much in her element and the audience was loving it.

Her new EP Swim Against the Tide is such a complement to her sound and the crowd was excited to revel in what she had to offer on her headlining tour.  Even with all the technicalities within her indie/electronic pop songs, Bain seamlessly replicates her recorded sound into her live performances.  There is an undeniably dreamy quality about her voice and her mysterious lyrics keep you on your toes (dancing of course).  Face Like Thunder was a fan favorite here in Denver, but really you can’t go wrong with any of The Japanese House songs.  Amber Bain is paving a nice path for herself with her unique sound and attention to musical detail.  She has so much potential and I personally cannot wait to see what she will put out in the future.

 

Listen to The Japanese House on Spotify and iTunes

Hottest Record in the World- The 1975’s Cover for Charity- Sade’s By Your Side

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No disappointments here. The Brit Awards nominated band has delivered pure gold for our ears once again. Released today on BBC’s Radio 1, the By Your Side cover has got me feelin’ some type of way.

The 1975 had big shoes to fill as Sade is considered one of the most influential British musicians. But as it seems, the boys can do no wrong—fans are already unleashing their love for the song all over Twitter.

Although the auto-tune was a bit surprising, by the end of the song I completely understood that the cover wouldn’t have been as wonderful without it. The details of each synth sound and sax interlude clearly makes this a cover by The 1975.  While it might not seem as cohesive with their normal sound (if you can even say that they have a normal sound at all) it works so unbelievably well.  Could this be a hint towards what their next album or EP will be like?  Only time will tell, and in the meantime, you’ll find me listening to By Your Side on repeat for weeks. Cheers to the boys for another success.

 

Listen on Spotify and iTunes

Look out! This wave is sure to catch you by surprise.

Dirty Hit’s new band, Pale Waves is coming in strong debuting their new single There’s a Honey.  With the undeniable 80’s pop feel to the song, in addition to Matty Healy and George Daniel’s style of production, you’re sure to be singing along the first time you hear There’s a Honey.  The groovy guitar riffs, catchy chorus and iconic drumming brings back memories of when MTV actually aired music. The look of the indie-pop band may be on the edgier side, but their sound is without a doubt delving into the pop world of music.  Keep these four musicians on your radar because Pales Waves is here to stay and make their mark on the industry.

Embarking on a tour with label mates, King Nun and Superfood, you can find Pale Waves on the dates below.

Listen to There’s a Honey on Spotify and iTunes

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