never fails to impress with their trance-like melodies and emotionally charged vocals. Their latest single "Love It If We Made It" is a testament to this, and is the second single off their soon to be released studio album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
. The 1975 have never shied away from lyrics addressing sex, drugs, or even religion. Which is why it's no surprise that the group's new single highlights controversial topics.
The intro of the song is swooningly rhythmic and is instantly pierced by Matt Healy's unmistakably emotional vocals. The lyrics are poignant and immediately bring attention to imagery involving suffocation, heroin, and even death.
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Matt explains "You need to be brave if you're going to say things that may upset people." Alluding to the knowledge that the lyrics would not rest easily with everyone, and the song was not created with that intention. He additionally explains, "I'm saying a lot of individual things, but the fact of the matter is all of these things are nuclear...they're radioactive."
Throughout the song, The 1975 repeats "Modernity has failed us"; a common theme throughout each verse. This critique is evident through their references to "drowning three-year-olds", alluding to the plight of Syrian immigrants. In addition, Healy touches on the exploitation and commercialization of black culture, singing "start with misdemeanors will make a business out of them." These various references are apparent throughout the song and evoke an immediate and deeply felt reaction by the listener. Matt explains that each lyric isn't an opinion. Instead it is an evident truth in our society today.
"Love It If We Made It" really isn't just another love song, in fact, it's not a love song at all. Instead, The 1975 uses their voice to discuss concerns about immigration, racism, technology, and politics. "Love It If We Made It" shows us that there should be and still is hope in this world. That at the end of the day, regardless of how distanced and troubled we are as a society, hopefully we can find a way back to one another. It's a feeling universally understood and spread by music.