Yesterday The 1975, a band that was still pretty much un-heard of this time last year, released a video for the fourth single “Girls” of their eponymous debut album. “Girls” taking listeners back to the 80’s with its jangly guitars and slick rhythms showcases something much more than just a mood change in lead singer Matthew Healy. This single is the second from the album to be filmed in colour, after a year of being in the spotlight and Healy claiming that his band’s “art” was more “subjective” due to its colour drained aesthetics this is clearly quite interesting as this single’s video has an air of Katy Perry’s hit single “California Gurls”. The electric blue, red, yellow and pink colours shown throughout the video would suggest that the band have sold out, but, if you listen to what Healy is saying at the beginning of the video; “It needs to be in black and white for a start” – this suggests it’s all a part of Healy’s “persona”. However, apart from this contradiction in aesthetics that purposely throws off fans. That have and do continue complain about this change. The song is actually well-crafted and easy to listen to. Adam Hann once again going below radar yet providing some lovely guitar licks to really make the song become what it’s meant to be. Ross Macdonald, another band member whose efforts go below radar. But, he essentially gives the song depth with his dare I say funky bassline. And again Healy with his annoying yet irresistible voice offering up some quotable lyrics that teenage boys will be tweeting for years to come.
All in all a strong, yet strange, release given the other singles from the band. Probably a new favourite amongst other fans, I give it 9 out of 10 and hopefully it’ll make Healy stop using the word “subjective” when relating to his music.