PB&Jams: The 1975

By Samantha Webster, The Dartmouth Staff | 5/21/14 4:00am

Though they have an undeniable penchant for black and white music videos, album covers and wardrobe choices, The 1975 are anything but monotone. Just in time for blasting music in your car with the windows down, start listening to this band @now.

If, like me, you try explaining that you’ve been listening to “The 1975’s new album,” you’ll be met with questions like “a compilation of songs from the ’70s?” or “Is that a band?” Though, let’s be real, there’s a pretty successful band called The xx. Let’s not be too judgmental.

The 1975, a Manchester-based British rock band, have been making music together for around 10 years. After putting out a handful of EPs, the band released its self-titled debut full-length album in September 2013. Here are a few of my favorites from the album.



Only a song with this title could have lyrics like, “She said, ‘Use your hands and my spare time,’” and completely pull it off. If I were to make a movie with a hot-but-tragic time lapse of two people falling in love, this would be playing in the background. I dare you to only listen to it only once.


“The City”

Driving percussion starts the song off strong, and the scene of an argument is set with the lyrics,

“Don’t call it a fight when you know it’s a war

With nothing but your T-shirt on

And go sit on the bed cause I know that you want to

You’ve got pretty eyes, but I know you’re wrong”

The beginning of the song is far and away my favorite part, but the chorus will keep you hooked, with “Yeah, you wanna find love then you know where the city is.”

Living in Hanover, I think a lot of us feel that.



This track is immediately likeable and about as sweetly pop-y as its title. Add it to your summer playlist now.

The 1975 have also released music videos for other songs off the album, including “Robbers,” “Girls” and “Settle Down.”

Samantha Webster, The Dartmouth Staff