The 1975 are here, they’re taking aim at the volatility of reality. And they aren’t fucking around.
In the band’s second single from their upcoming album, “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships,” frontman Matty Healy viscerally sings above a churning sea of synths, groovy keys and subdued drums.
While the English quartet have never been particularly apolitical or apologetic — lyrically exploring topics such as cocaine use, atheism and selfie-culture, to name a few — “Love It If We Made It” is explicit in its content.
Healy takes a swing at everything. From immigration to NFL protests. From fossil fuels to Trump — directly quoting the president twice — the song burns through a whole host of topics like a stream of consciousness.
“I’m saying a lot of individual things, but the fact of the matter is all of these things are nuclear,” Healy told Zane Lowe on Beats 1. “If you’re not willing to be bold, how can you have conviction?”
The 1975’s “Love It If We Made It” plays like a hazy indie-pop-rock dream covered in grit and gravel. With scraped knees and dirt underneath its fingernails, the familiar elements are there — the almost casual current of sound that is infectiously irresistible — but this song feels like it could only exist within 2018.
Lyrically hopscotching from one issue to another, “Love It If We Made It” anchors a chorus of relative hope within objective chaos. And while the verses deal in headlines and hot-button issues, the band manages to subvert general cynicism and apathy. And the result is an electrical tune that calls attention to our reality without dwelling in defeatism.
The 1975 would “Love It If We Made It,” and honestly, I would, too.
“A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships” the band’s third studio album, is scheduled to be released in October 2018.
Ashley Cline is an avid introvert and full-time carbon based life form currently living in south Jersey. Since graduating from Rowan University with her Bachelor's in Journalism, she can usually be found singing show tunes to her dog, drinking too much iced coffee and wearing beanies. Her personal best at all-you-can-eat sushi is five rolls in eleven minutes. You can find her yelling about Carly Rae Jepsen on Twitter and posting photos of her dog on Instagram.