As 2012 wound down we expressed our excitement
for a certain young, Manchester outfit that was sweeping fans off their feet with a combination of sleek and shiny indie-pop, confident British swagger, and rock (boy) band good looks. Eager for the band to get to the business of conquering America, we finally got to see The 1975
last evening when the quartet landed in NYC for a pair of sold out shows at The Bowery Ballroom. Strutting on stage in a dapper trench and his signature semi-mohawk/pompadour cut, singer Matthew Healy slugged from a bottle of wine, saluted the rabid, young crowd, and kicked off the firecracker of a show with "The City", from the band's recently reviewed
, 16-song opus of a debut. Black clad, drenched in blankets of haze and slicing fluorescent whites, the band looked good, rolling through a cocksure set for a gathering of fans who had obviously been counting down the days to catch their new favorite band in what will surely be one of the last small rooms they play in this town. Sure, these chaps rock in a standard guitar, bass, and drums kind of way, but these are glitzy songs ready for stadium-sized consumption...add them to that conversation everyone seems to be having about CHVRCHES, Haim, and Disclosure right now. One of these acts will graduate from the small-band, "indie" realm. If The 1975 keep at it up, everyone who flooded The Bowery last night could have a "Hey, remember when" kind of conversation with their friends somewhere down the road when they see these boys paling around with cross-over victors like Lorde, Fun. and Imagine Dragons. I guess we'll just have to wait and see...but probably not for too long.