Following their massive streak of success beginning with their 2012 single "Sex," the 1975
ended their The 1975
era of black and white signs and melancholic tunes by deleting all of their social media accounts in 2015. This left everyone wondering whether or not the band had disbanded, and if the 1975 was done for good–that is, until all accounts were reinstated, this time with a profile display adorned with a white and pink neon the 1975 sign, rather than their iconic black and white. This pink sign soon became more iconic than the black, as it ushered in the beginning of the I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
era, often shorted to I like it when you sleep
because no one has time to sit here and type out that ridiculously long album title.
The era truly began with the release of the album's first single, "Love Me
." The track was insanely upbeat and unlike anything the 1975 had done before, and you didn't even have to look up the lyrics to understand what lead singer Matty Healy was saying. The album itself was released in February of 2016 ahead of a worldwide support tour including a nearly sold out show to close to 18,000 people at Brooklyn's Barclays Center
. At this time, if you were to bring the 1975 up in conversation, most people would not have known who you were talking about, and this may still be the case. The 1975 is massive, but in such a pure way–they don't need their music blasted all over the radio and thrown in everyone's face to do well. They're truly a fan's band. They ended 2016 with two sold out shows at the O2 arena in London and just over two months ago, the band played to a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden, which, if you didn't know, is the world's most famous arena. They took the stage as smoke filled the room and transported everyone present to another world, as they always do.
Enjoying all that the 1975 has to offer created such a bittersweet feeling, as in the midst of screaming "Fuck that get money!" at the top of your lungs, that annoying part of your brain reminds you that all good things must come to a close. Back in April of this year, the band was welcomed onto Zane Lowe's Beats Radio 1, where they revealed that their next album would be released next year under the title Music for Cars
, which happens to also be the title of their 2013 EP. Also in this interview, Matty made it clear that the 1975 were always meant to only release a trilogy of albums, and Music for Cars
would be the final piece of the puzzle. He's said that that doesn't necessarily mean that the 1975 is over, but that the completion of the trilogy would mark the end of an era. The vagueness of that statement has been driving us crazy for months, because what the hell is that supposed to mean? They'll be the 1975 but won't be the 1975? How does that work? Are any band members moving on to other projects? Is the 1975 just some twisted social experiment put in place to ruin my life but crushing my soul and ripping my favorite band away from me? I clearly have so many questions.
On Friday, after the 1975 finished their final show for the time being, everything became extremely real when the 1975's main account tweeted a video that tore everyone's heart to shreds. The pink and white neon sign began to flash, and then slowly it's glowing stopped altogether. The I like it when you sleep
era was over and the 1975 was off to prep for and complete Music for Cars
ahead of 2018. So much had happened over such a short period of time, and this album really changed things for so many people. I was granted one of my favorite tracks of all time, "The Ballad of Me and My Brain," and "Loving Someone" became an immensely impactful song for LGBTQ+ individuals who support the 1975–and gave them a reason to show off their pride with rainbow flags at every show. I'm so looking forward to Music for Cars
, for both the music and the shows and seeing how much the band has grown since I like it when you sleep
, but it'll hurt to see that era come to an end as well. Fingers crossed that whatever change that comes after isn't so drastic that we all can't follow the 1975 down whichever path they decide to take, even if at that point they are no longer the 1975.