The 1975 and Darlia: Queens Social Club, Sheffield

The hottest and most hyped new band around, The 1975 graced Sheffield’s Queen Social this evening. Selling out similar sized venues up and down the country this Manc quartet could easily fill bigger venues but there’s nothing better to build up the buzz than having ‘sold out’ plastered all over their gig listings.

The Guardian writer Emily Brinnand first brought the lads to my attention last year in one of her northern band profiles and their current tour sees them incredibly mark their 4th ep release since August 12 in anticipation of their debut album release in September this year.

On arrival at the already packed venue tonight Darlia are on stage playing what sounds like a public sound check, obviously having technical problems, but when they finally play full on its an impressive sound with highly melodic riffs and silky smooth vocals, the pick of a good well received half set I caught is the excellent Pandemonium, closely followed by Bite The Apple.

It’s all about the main event tonight but sadly the headliners keep the throng waiting for over an hour before finally taking to the stage. More technical problems mar the start of their set before Matthew Healey bends double in his trademark style to deliver Head, Cars, Bending to roars from their fans new and old.

The set is heavy on prerecorded backing tracks but mightily impressive in places. Less XX / Delphic than their recorded material boasting more guitar live. The waiflike Healey sporting a Phil Oakey 80’s hairstyle is the undoubted focal point, playing guitar, chatting affectionately to their crowd and delivering his emotive vocals.

After another complete power failure on stage they finally get back into their groove, after thanking the crowd for their patience, with Chocolate the hit single which it seems everyone in the room knows the words to judging by the singalong.

After a 45 minute set featuring the exceptional track Sex and closing with You it’s onwards and upwards for The 1975 with support slots to the Stones and Muse, a US tour and numerous festivals home and abroad all bodes well.

Overall tonight was a very positive experience but their current set has quite a few fillers so they have perhaps what amounts to a sensational  30 min set but that will come for this new band  and truth be told these lads will undoubtedly rise to the very top as the ovation they received at the end foretells.

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