Matt Healy & co lyrically takes on the bleakest possible subject matter commentating about our current millennial culture in the 1975 new single “Love It If We Made It.”
The song has a number of notable references about our society today including a tribute to Lil Peep, who died last November at the age of 21, with the lyrics:
“Rest in peace Lil Peep
The poetry is in the streets
Jesus saves us! Modernity has failed us.”
Another line worms its way around systemic racism:
“Saying controversial things just for the hell of it
Selling melanin and then
Suffocate the black men
Start with misdemeanors and we’ll make a business out of them.”
And at least the most recognizable reference is the one with Donald Trump, when the verse reads “I moved on her like a bitch.” Matty quotes directly from Trump and a recording made of him in 2005 with TV personality Billy Bush. Bragging about his sexual prowess with women, Trump said that he “moved on her like a bitch”, and later went onto say that his star power allowed him to “grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”
In an interview with Zane Lowe, Matt Healy reflects on the social relevance of writing songs that are lyrically controversial.
“I mean that’s kind of funny I’m always going to use the humor as a way to try and kind of put the message across and it’s a weird time to be an artist in 2018 which it is isn’t. It’s weird. Like there’s things that come under such scrutiny and rightfully so. Now we’re amidst so many like important movements you know like the Me Too movement and all of these kind of things. And then you have arguments against the certain things being against freedom of speech and then you have … you know it’s a very, very volatile like cultural discourse is like on a knife edge or times. So anything you do needs to be kind of like double checked and everybody does it up a lot more consultancy in the world. It’s also a wonderful time to be alive. Like where the most more connected than we ever have been but that means that we’re hyper aware of everything.”
There’s no doubt their upcoming new album will circle around this socio-political theme with its title A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships which is the first of two new albums they have on the way. Even the social media build up for its promotion has been causing quite a stir as they release photos with text into magazine-like template that commentates about millennials and online culture.
It’s interesting yet refreshing to see these innovations especially for a band like The 1975, which songs we all know started from being about girls, sex and weed. Now their game has leveled up, and you can put your faith in them for making good relevant music in the mainstream.
You can check out The 1975 new single here: