The 1975 @ The Mann Center with The Japanese House and Wolf Alice.
Text and images by McCall Cox.
The Japanese House kicked off the outdoor show. The electronic, alternative sound of The Japanese House is the work of Amber Bain, who is responsible for vocals, keyboard and guitar on stage. She was joined by Freddy Sheed on drums and Will Bishop on keyboard and bass.
Bain thanked the audience many times for their enthusiasm and support as the crowd cheered between each song. She also acknowledged the unseasonably cold temperature commanding the outdoor stage.
“We’re going to play this song and you guys can just go wild to warm up,” Bain told the audience before performing “Letter By The Water.”
The Japanese House performed other songs such as “Clean,” “Still,” “Cool Blue” and “Sugar Pill.”
Wolf Alice took the stage shortly after The Japanese House. Wolf Alice, a four piece alt-rock band from London, is comprised of Ellie Rowsell on vocals and guitar, Theo Ellis on bass, Joff Oddie on guitar and Joel Amey on drums.
Rowsell and Ellis took turns interacting with the audience to introduce the band as well as thank the audience.
Wolf Alice performed an eight-song set, including “Giant Peach,” “Bros” and “Moaning Lisa Smile.”
The slow introduction of thick smoke, along with the gradual dimming lights and a conversely growing monotone hum, announced The 1975. The alternative pop band opened their set with their song “Love Me,” accompanied by bright pink lights and cheers from the audience. The band directly followed with the song, “UGH!,” both tracks off of the band’s recently released album, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.
The 1975, of Manchester, England, features Matthew Healy on vocals and guitar, Ross MacDonald on bass guitar and keyboard, Adam Hann on guitar and George Daniel on drums. However, due to an injury sustained to Daniel’s shoulder, Freddy Sheed of The Japanese House accompanied the band on the drums. John Waugh also performs alongside The 1975 on the saxophone.
As the band began their next song, “Heart Out,” Healy unexpectedly pulled the track to a grinding halt.
“Stop, stop,” Healy said. “Everyone in the middle: take two steps back and stay there. We don’t need people breaking their legs. You need to take care of each other. If somebody falls, pick them up and give them a kiss.”
The 1975 then resumed the song and followed it with an older track, “So Far (It’s Alright).”
“Ladies and gentlemen, how are you feeling?” Healy addressed the crowd. “This is amazing. We’ve never played a show this big in this part of the country. We’ve played some—for us—very classic shows here.”
Healy later made his common request for the audience members to put away their phones for one song in order to fully enjoy the experience of the live performance.
“I want us all to be in the moment,” Healy said. “People in general aren’t in the moment anymore. It bums me out. So, for five minutes, it’s going to be us and you and no phones.”
The band began the song “Me.”
The 1975 performed the hit single “Girls” from their first album before leaving the stage. Prompted by the cheers from the audience, the band returned to the stage to play a four song encore.
The band began the encore set with “If I Believe You,” which Healy prefaced by saying, “This song is about Jesus.”
The 1975 also performed their hit, “Chocolate,” and then “The Sound.”
“Let’s warm up, let’s get moving around,” Healy said, trying to warm the audience from the cold. “Ladies and gentlemen, every time we come to this city, it gets bigger and better.”
As they ended the set, Healy mentioned that The 1975 will tour America again in the fall.
“Until then,” Healy said, drifting off into the band’s final song, “Sex.” “Philadelphia, we’ll see you very soon. Goodnight!”