“Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! It’s Monday morning!” screams Matty Healy in the blood rush of an introduction to ‘People’, ushering in The 1975’s latest era. Following on from the sombre but incredibly poignant and powerful version of their eponymous track that will open ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ - as narrated by Greta Thunberg - their newest offering is, well, more akin to the intense screamo of Underoath than the band who once released ‘Chocolate’. After the all-round victory of their 2018 album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’, it’d be easy to assume the band had finally hit their peak, hitting the jackpot of both critical acclaim and commercial success. It takes all of about ten seconds for ‘People’ to smash through it once more. A melding pot of Death From Above, Refused and even a touch of Primal Scream, their new track is, admittedly, a deliciously divisive affair; all dirty and deranged, propelled along by breakneck drums and gnarly guitars. But if ‘The 1975’ was a rousing rally call for change and rebellion, then this is its answer: there’s no going quietly now.
The 1975 have been shortlisted for the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize. For more information on this year’s Prize, head to mercuryprize.hyundai.co.uk.
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