Today The 1975 released a new single off of their upcoming album, Notes On A Conditional Form, which is set to come out February 21, 2020. With two singles under their belt, they seem to have set a very obvious theme for the new record.
A Shift in Sound
If you’ve followed The 1975 in the past, you’ve seen the slight shift in the messages they’ve been sending, even on their previous album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.
It seems as though the message has gone from songs about battling drug addiction to songs that reflect upon society and beg listeners to do the same. This trend was evident in previous songs like “Love It If We Made It” and “The Man Who Married A Robot/Love Theme.”
And then he died in his lonely house, on the lonely street, in that lonely part of the world. You can go on his Facebook.
-The Man Who Married a Robot by The 1975
Advocates for Change
When it comes to their upcoming album, the reflective and serious political undertones seem much more prevalent than ever before. The first single, released on July 24th of this year, features the famous 16-year old climate activist, Greta Thunberg, speaking about the state of the world over light background music. (See below).
“People,” which fans heard for the first time today, has a similar message, but with a harsher and much more urgent tone.
Though the song has been getting a lot of backlash for its differing sound, the message is clear and I can’t help but put it on repeat and revel in the incredible, angsty throwback vibes it gives off.
Picture My Chemical Romance making 90s grunge music. The lyrics are bleak, but blunt, and act as an obvious cry for change in the heat of the political chaos. (See below).
In the lyrics alone, it is clear the band is putting an emphasis on the importance of learning from and listening to young people and also investing in our future.
Simply put, your kids should listen to The 1975 because The 1975 is a band who is blatantly and actively advocating for the kids.
They want alive people. The young surprise people.
– People by The 1975
Knowing the band typically writes songs about drugs and drug addiction begs the question “Why should they be the ones who society deems fit to have conversations about politics?” To those who question the way The 1975 choose to use their platform I say, “At least they’re having the conversation.”
If you’ve followed Music in Minnesota for a while, you’ll know we originally wrote an article about why kids should not listen to The 1975. But this article features a new writer, a new era, and a new level of acceptance that says, “Hey, maybe the things I’ve thought to be true in the past need to be revisited.”
This article features growth – something The 1975 are begging for, for the sake of the kids, and something our youth is begging for, for the sake of humanity.
So, tell your kids to listen to The 1975 and, when the time comes, go out and buy that record for them. Foster growth and let the young people of this world continue to surprise you.