On Friday night, British pop-rockers The 1975 ascended upon Toronto’s Echo Beach for a sold out performance on their Spring tour across North America. The group is currently touring in support of their latest record “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of it”.
The bill also featured support from The Japanese House and Wolf Alice. The fellow UK exports did an excellent job at captivating the crowd and setting the mood for the rest of the evening.
Audience anticipation was high as The 1975 took to the stage in a thin layer of fog with white noise bellowing from the monitors. A backdrop of multicoloured tube lights and a city silhouette was ever-changing as they opened with “Love Me” and “Ugh!”, the two lead singles off their current release.
“This is an environment to be alive in, so put your phones away and be alive”, said a blazer-clad Matt Healy, front man of the group.
A very noteworthy aspect of the evening was the drumming from percussionist Dave Eltich, of The Mars Volta and At the Drive In. While Eltich has previously been a touring musician for other household names like Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake, he is currently doing triple duty, drumming for all three bands on the tour. The 1975’s original drummer George Daniel broke his shoulder in the midst of the group’s current tour, and is sitting out on all scheduled shows until further notice.
The group played a lengthy set list of songs from their self-titled 2013 debut and their most recent sophomore effort. Highlights of the night were crowd favorites “She’s American”, “Heart Out” and “Robbers”.
“We really do love Toronto and I’m not just saying that”, Healy announced to the enthusiastic crowd.
The 1975 put on an excellent show and proved that their unique brand of 80’s pop-influenced rock music is not just a sophomore slump, but here to stay.