The 1975: Glasgow Barrowlands

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Emulating the mysterious and alternative styles of the 80’s Manchester alt-pop band, The 1975 walked onto the Glasgow Barrowlands stage after several minutes of taunting with dry-ice and synth music to a crowd of eager fans; most of them barely pushing 18.

Singer Matt Healy cemented the idea that The 1975 are trying a bit too hard to be unique wearing a fur jacket cradling a bottle of red wine, he ended up just looking a little pretentious. Opening the night with crowd pleaser The City, deafening cheers and chants gave hope that a memorable show was about to be put on.

However apart from releasing catchy songs, the edgy haircuts and all black wardrobes alongside their ‘cool-guy’ personas The 1975 are really no different to most acts that have come and gone in the past 20-years; their mix of singles focusing on sex, angst and drugs are good live performance tracks but for an hour long set The 1975 still have a lot to learn.

Since rocketing into the charts with their self-titled debut album last year, The 1975 have not yet put out new material and they have yet to change up their live shows. Taking a break from slower album tracks, allowing a break from Healy smoking and drinking on stage to Me acting like a rejected romantic character, a saxophone player emerged from the smoke to play a killer solo during Heart Out, that allowed a moment of appreciation for something interesting to watch and listen to.

The night truly came to life with the encore featuring the favourites Chocolate and rockier sounding Sex. It’s a great tactic to place your two liveliest songs at the end of the setlist because it fools people into thinking the entire show was lively and interactive; the younger generation seemed to love it anyway.

In all honesty watching a re-run of Loose Women would have been more entertaining.

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Interpol to play London & Manchester shows in the new year

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Interpol have announced they will be embarking on a three date UK and Ireland tour in January and February 2015.

The American rockers announced plans to perform sets in London, Manchester and Dublin on their official website to promote upcoming fifth studio album ‘El Pintor’.

Before coming to the UK and Ireland Interpol will be embarking on a European leg with seven dates scheduled; but if it were up to singer Paul Banks there would be less touring on the books.

Speaking about Interpol’s upcoming release Banks said: “I would love to not fucking tour, man. I would love to put out three records a year if I didn’t have to tour…I mean, I would tour, but all artists now have to spend less time in the studio and more time on the road because there’s no money any more in records”.

We’re glad you’re still touring Interpol, where else would we get to release our inner teenage angst?

Pre-sale tickets for the UK and Irish dates (see below) will be available to mailing list subscribers at interpolnyc.com on Thursday (17 July) at 9am and via general sale on Friday (18 July).

February 6 – London, Roundhouse
February 8 – Manchester, Albert Hall
February 10 – Dublin, Olympia

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