Here in America for their 2017 North American tour, The 1975 from Manchester were met in Austin with a warm welcome as they had not one, but two back-to-back sold-out shows at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater earlier this week. Last time we saw The 1975 in Austin was for their headlining show at the Austin360 Amphitheater last May, playing for approximately 14,000 people with fans lining up as early as 30 hours before doors opening.
Lead singer Matty Healy and guitarist Adam Hann stopped by the KGSR Music Lounge on Tuesday to play an acoustic set for a special audience; as part of the Anthropos Arts music mentorship program, Reagan High School musicians had the opportunity to watch an intimate performance of their singles, “A Change of Heart” and “Somebody Else”. In between songs, Healy spoke live on the air with Andy Langer of KGSR about his approach to art as a form of imitation, his personal progression and growth as an artist, and the advice he would give his 14-year-old self. The fun didn’t end here, though, because afterward the students had the chance to meet the pair, pose for a photo, and to even tour the KGSR studio.
After ensuring that everybody had gotten their photos and thanking the audience as well as KGSR for hosting, the band left and KGSR’s Emily McIntosh and Andy Langer took to the floor to answer questions from the students about radio and the business of music. It was evident that they were just as genuinely interested in answering any questions that these students had as the young musicians were about being there, which is to say: very.
Very special thanks to Emily McIntosh for organizing this incredible event for the students of Reagan High School as well as for allowing Suede the privilege of covering it. Photo by Jenna De Stefano.