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British indie rock outfit The 1975 are back at it after taking a break from touring to write new material and re-invent themselves. With said new material and a new image the band are back in the US almost a full year since their last visit. During that last visit to Boston, frontman Matty Healy struggled with the rigors of nearly two years straight of touring , he was visibly worn down on stage and had to be helped off at the end, the band would then go on to cancel their next few shows.
During Thursday’s show he addressed last year’s incident saying “Last year in Boston I went a little crazy” but this time around, it was a very different Healy that took the stage. Dancing and smiling all night long it was clear the brief break and perhaps even stylistic change have breathed new life into Healy and his bandmates. On Thursday the band returned to the House of Blues in Boston, MA where they had plenty of new material for their fans. Dedicated 1975 fans began lining up Wednesday morning for the Thursday night show, some spending more than 24 hours waiting just to get into the venue.
The group kicked of their show with the first single from the new album, the David Bowie-esque “Love Me.” Another standout of the early portion of the set was the track “The City” from the group’s debut self-titled record. There was more new material in the later portion of the show with tracks “Change of Heart,” “She’s American,” “Somebody Else,” and “The Sound” all making their way into the set. The new songs come from the forthcoming album “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It” which is due out February 26th.
After closing the set with the upbeat, dance-y track “Girls” the group left the stage. Demands for an encore came in the form of a chant of “we want sex!” from the Boston crowd, referring to the band’s popular track “Sex.” The 1975 delivered with a 3 song encore that included “Medicine,” “Chocolate” and the aforementioned “Sex.” The night was a major success for all involved and there was almost a feeling of the show being a do-over of last year’s, only with the band and frontman Matty Healy in a much better state.