REVIEW: The 1975 creates a sensory experience at Bill Graham Civic

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The 1975, Matt Healy

The 1975 performs at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on April 22, 2019. Photos: Joaquin Cabello.

SAN FRANCISCO — Manchester’s The 1975 provided a full sensory experience to a sold-out Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Monday night. The group began with “Give Yourself A Try” and “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME.” Striking, bold colors flashed across the screen behind the band as the first notes of the latter song rumbled through the building, launching the band’s cinematically impressive visual display. The track was establishing an upbeat tone for the evening. Fans sang along with frontman Matty Healy as he sang the chorus.

The 1975, Matt Healy

The 1975 performs at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on April 22, 2019.

The 1975 next jumped into the pop ballad “She’s American.” The most impressive part of the performance came in the form of an entirely unexpected, gripping saxophone solo.

Other standout moments included “A Change of Heart.” The song showed a softer, dreamier side of the band through the a slow and rhythmic progression. Healy had a cigarette dangling from his fingers as he slowly danced across the stage.

One of the most touching moments came during “I Always Want to Die Sometimes,” with fans throughout the room singing along.

After an emotionally intense 15 songs, The 1975 proceeded to play a five-song encore. Older favorites included “Chocolate” and “Sex,” and the show ended with “The Sound.” Healy had the entire room jump in synchronization while the band finished up.

Pale Waves, Heather Baron-Gracie

Pale Waves perform at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on April 22, 2019.

The 1975 was preceded by the another Manchester’s Pale Waves, who got the crowd rocking with their high-energy pop. One of the most explosive moments took place on “The Tide.” 

No Rome impressively opened the concert by blending elements of hip-hop into songs like “I’m Here” and “17.”

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