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The 1975 – It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)

The 1975 exploded onto the scene a few years ago bringing a unique sound that blends pop, rock, and electronic music.  Drawing comparisons to everyone from Joy Division to Taylor Swift,  they have grown their fan base to become one of the biggest bands in the world.  The 1975 has begun releasing singles for their upcoming album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, which is due out in November 2018.  The band will follow that up with a worldwide stadium tour.

On their latest single, “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You), Matty Healy sings his apparent love for a girl he cannot live without.  The song actually deals with heroin addiction and recovery but that shows the strength of the band to be able to tell two stories at once and either works from a listener’s perspective.  Healy has had a very public battle with heroin and checked himself into rehab this year prior to the writing of this new record.  “It’s Not Living” illustrates that all addiction comes from the same place in the brain.  The band does a nice job of approaching the subject of heroin without  glorifying a the drug lifestyle.

The song itself is pure joy, which is odd when you consider the subject and lyrics.  It sounds like it has come straight out of the 80’s with it’s synthesizers, keyboards, and a chorus that is about as catchy as they come.

Collapse my veins
Wearing beautiful shoes
It’s not living if it’s not with you
All I do is sit and drink without you
If I choose then I lose
Distract my brain from the terrible news
It’s not living if it’s not with you

The 1975 will release their new album on November 30th and will start their worldwide tour in January.  Check out their website to find out when they will be in your town.  While you wait for the whole album to come out, check out “It’s Not Living” down below for a sample of what’s to come!

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