The 1975 stole the hearts of young San Diego at Soma last week. The November 21 show was the last stop on the band’s North American tour in support of its 2013 self-titled album.
Hailing from Manchester, these four lads have blown up within the past year, as evidenced by the fans waiting outside the venue as early 10 a.m. The group’s US base has grown to include everyone from teenaged girls who screamed and cried at the near mention of lead singer Matt Healy’s name, to young hipster adults who reveled in the ’80s pop sensibility of the music.
Set highlights included “Me,” during which Healy asked everyone to put their phones away to really live in the moment, and “You,” a more guitar-heavy, rock-inspired song from the EP Sex. The attendees ate up every song, particularly the encore performances of “Robbers,” “Chocolate,” and “Sex,” even going as far to chant “We want sex!” as the concert approached its end.
As the lights and ever-present rectangle — a recurring motif for The 1975 — faded, the music was still pounding in attendees’ ears. The 1975 made an unforgettable impression on American soil before returning to England to create their second album. Their absence will very much be felt by their intense fan base.