The members of the 1975 started out as teenagers, playing pop and punk covers, and now they’ve made a fusion of dance-floor-ready, new-wave–style pop-rock with a little punk sneer all their own, over and over again on their recent self-titled debut. It’s a sound best described as the Killers with a slight stuttering problem, but catchy. Their recent hit, “Chocolate,” and its “We’re never gonna quit it,” you-only-live-once message capitalized on the Manchester-area quartet’s knack for making music so bouncy and buoyant that it’s easy to overlook the song’s other telling line: “We’re dressed in black from head to toe, we’ve got guns hidden under our petticoats.” But thugs they are not. What they are is a group of four Englishmen who settled into a unique style — more “rock-pop” than “pop-rock” — early in their lives. Luckily, it’s a sound that’s just dancey enough it’s easy to forgive them for being so passionate about playing so many songs that sound alike.
Tue., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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