I’m not sure what it is about Manchester, but there must be something up there that produces good music. Case in point: The Hollies, The Smiths, The Ting Tings, The Stone Roses, The Chemical Brothers, The Buzzcocks, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, Oasis, et al. But it’s also a lot to live up to if you’re, say, an emerging band from that area. Case in point: The 1975.
The 1975 is a newish band from Manchester—one of those bands that has a cult following in certain circles but is largely unknown anywhere else. But with the release of their debut EP Facedown, that could change.
They’re a little dark and a little bit moody. The four-song EP has a lot of variety, but “The City” stands out as a catchy anthem, broody but with tastes of pop, with a distinctive drum beat and vocals. But each track is wonderfully different, with different feelings, emotions, sounds and effects. Really, the only problem with this EP is that it’s too short and makes me anxious for when a full album will arrive.