By Kaitlyn Walker, Guest Writer
The house lights flickered off. A gentle hum resonated through the air. The fog was too thick to see anything on stage. Everyone went silent waiting for the band to start the show.
As 10 o’clock inched closer, the fog grew thicker, the humming became louder, and the lights sluggishly faded to black.
The crowd waited in anticipation of what was about to happen. Bouts of cheering came and went. The excitement was almost too much to handle. They were coming.
Suddenly lights exploded on stage and the show began. People danced and sang along while snapping pictures or taking videos to remember that night. One thing was for sure: they had arrived.
The up-and-coming British band took the stage in downtown Detroit Tuesday, Nov. 4. Opening for them were two bands also on the rise: Young Rising Sons and CRUISR.
Despite the fact that the doors didn’t open until 7 pm, fans were lined up outside the theater as early as noon in hopes of getting a glimpse of the band members.
They were bundled from head to toe in heavy winter clothes and blankets to fight off the cold air. Many carried umbrellas as well to stay dry through the off-and-on rain showers.
The line to get in wrapped around the building and ended several blocks away.
“I’m happy we decided to get out here when we did. I can’t imagine being farther back in the line,” said a young girl who stood at the middle point of the enormous line. She had been there since 3 pm.
The 1975 got their start in Manchester, U.K. in 2002 when the four band members met at school. They started out doing covers of punk songs at gigs arranged for the underage youth. Things quickly took off from there as they mixed music styles influenced by Michael Jackson, Motown, and the Rolling Stones with their punk sound.
In 2012 the band released their first song, Facedown. Three more tracks were released before the band made their way to the U.S on tour. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2013.
“This is about the pursuit of joy not about the pursuit of ego,” said lead singer, Matt Healy in an interview.
After the show kicked off on Tuesday, the crowd enjoyed rocking out to the songs for hours. About halfway through, Healy asked the audience to put away their phones and cameras, to resign from clapping along and cheering and simply listen to the music. Healy sat on the edge of the stage and proceeded to sing a soft, slow song that mesmerized the crowd.
“I’ve never been to a concert where they asked everyone to just listen to the music without having their phones and stuff out. It was beautiful,” Meagan Thomas, a student at Eastern Michigan University, said.
Phones and cameras were difficult to use most of the time due to the thick fog and strict use of backlighting during the night.
At the end of the night, right before the last song, Healy addressed his fans, “We don’t get a lot of media coverage. We’re not that mainstream. We get this,” he gestures to the crowd, “because we built a proper fan base.”
The band promised to return for shows in the future, but not until a new album is recorded and released.
Matty Rayle, 19, a student at Wayne County Community College, said, “They better hurry up and make that new album. I’m already experiencing post-show depression.”