Photography by Joshua Shultz
Story by Jaclyn Prophet
Downtown Los Angeles was the place to be on Monday, April 18th. When we arrived there were still hours before showtime and the line had already extended past multiple city blocks. The doors open and the fans bolted in, each one hoping to be center stage.
First up, Japanese House. There aren’t many details floating around regarding the band but what we do know is it is a solo project from 20-year-old Londoner, Amber Bain. Bain’s love for music started at a young age and by 11 she had given up her child hood dream of becoming a politician and settled on making music her career. She wrote her first song that same year with a slightly ironic title of “Teenage Life”, given that she was not quite a “teenager”. Her debut EP, “Pools to Bathe In” was released last October through Dirty Hit Records and the second was soon to follow. Label-mates Matt Healy & George Daniel (from the 1975) have production credits, but this is ultimately the product of Bain’s beautiful imagination. Cut to center stage, Bain appears, fender in hand and a synth at her side. Bain’s music is powerful and pure and has the ability to take you away.
Next up, the 1975, much to contrary belief, the 1975 is not named after the grunge area we have come to know the 70’s as, but rather from the back of a beat-era book given to Matty at a yard sale. “In the back there were all these mental scribblings, it was almost suicidal, and it was dated at the bottom ‘1st June, The 1975’. The use of the word ‘the’ really stuck with me. It was the perfect band name.”
A light shines through the darkness, the saxophone wails, and Matty Healy appears on stage. The seconds leading up to their entrance were full of anticipation. Once the screams died down a little, the group burst in to their opening song, “Love Me”. The crowd went wild and began to sing along. The 1975 is clearly a band with some hardcore fans, “Girls” were dropping like flies, and the fans were literally “Fallingforyou”. The night was filled with powerful and passionate performances along with the subtle soliloquies that have made us all fall for The 1975. The entire crowd was connected, even if for a short time. During the last encore, Matty talks about the reality of our world and states and goes on to say “…a pop concert is as free as it gets”.
The 1975 never fails to put on an amazing show, the visuals and the vibe are unforgettable. Every song was amazing and every strobe was on point. From the opening song to the last encore, they were “spot on”. They energetically and enthusiastically shared their music.