Sunday, September 7, 2014

LouFest ReviewFest: Washed Out, the 1975, Cake

Posted By on Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 1:25 PM

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The 1975

The 1975 was the only game in town when its members took the stage at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, with no other bands scheduled to play during that slot. I'm pretty sure the bulk of the Loufest crowd would have migrated over to that particular stage regardless. These four guys in this indie rock band from Manchester, England, know how to get people to move, even with no major hooks, no complicated compositions and overall no real musical money shots. Maybe it's the eager-to-please kicks on the quarters, or maybe it's the mad-mod haircuts. There's no way to know for sure.

At no point during the set was I not surrounded by people bouncing and freaking out. The girl to my left was lifted into the air only to promptly fell down four rows up during the middle of "So Far (It's Alright)." A few minutes later the girl to my right vomited into her hand, then got right back into the groove, rinsing her mouth out with the same lukewarm Budweiser that was likely the root of the problem in the first place.

There's a certain air of cheesy-Gap-ad mixed with new school sincerity that totally works for the 1975. Unfortunately, the band's recordings don't really do the live show justice. If I had to make comparisons, I would say it's like watching Noel and Liam Gallagher's sensitive, less hooky little brothers. Frontman Matt Healy struts across the stage with all the metro moxy of Placebo's Brian Molko, while drummer George Daniel holds down the very simple, very comfortable Chvrches-esque beats.

The members of the band did all the rock star things. They chugged champagne, they cussed in the microphones, they said "St. Louis" several times and they coordinated their outfits. Mostly what I gathered from this set is that this band makes everybody really, really happy, including me.

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