Fiorella Beccaglia A&E Editor
Right on the line between indie-rock and vintage teenage sophistication, “Give Yourself A Try” is The 1975’s first single after their year long hiatus. The song will feature on the band’s third studio album—”A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.”
As a follower of The 1975’s career for quite a few years now, I will always remember their music as being the soundtrack of my teenage years. In essence, their songs revolve around what it feels like to be a young adult; what it feels to barely be making it through your twenties alive, behaving like every mistake you make is permanent, people are temporary, and you are running out of time. They reference a million dark and youthful themes, including love, sex, fear, humanity and religion. Their lyricism is as interesting to ingest as a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. Now, I encourage you to take your phone out and open Spotify (or whatever music streaming service you use) to listen to this song.
The term, ‘give me a try’ derives from the idea of giving someone or something an opportunity, that is, ‘give it a go.’ Here it is quite clear that Matty Healy—the lead writer and singer of the band—is not only referring to his own personal experiences, but to many others in his audience who are resting on their laurels. Whether it be someone who had been stuck in a similar unfulfilling routine, or someone who has been afraid to be who they really are. He is calling those listening to revolt and own their identity.
It is a cruel world out there, and nothing that is worth having ever comes easy. Matty has become aware of this fact and conveys this realization by constantly referring to age. For example, when, he says, “And what would you say to your younger self? Growing a beard is quite hard and whiskey never starts to taste nice.” This is a question commonly asked of celebrities. Healy’s response is rather sarcastic whilst also carrying some truth. The line about whiskey is likely to be literal—the flavor of whiskey never gets better, despite its reputation as being an adults’ drink. These are my favorite verses in the song because they further express the nonchalant yet profoundly confessional tone of the band’s style.
“In essence, their songs revolve around what it feels like to be a young adult. What it feels to barely be making it through your twenties alive, behaving like every mistake you make is permanent, people are temporary, and you are running out of time.”
It is not the first time Matty has decided to shift The 1975 paradigm. The true change lies in the songwriting, he is always referencing events in his life but here he looks outwards and barely delves into his own narrative. It is a song of ‘facts.’ The abrupt nature and honest commentary does not tell a story or create images, it pushes us away from him and into something that will be truly different. The fact that Healy is getting older shows us he wants to change and he is encouraging his audience to do the same.
Unlike most of The 1975’s recent work, this track leaves behind the synth-pop and ’80s bombast for something rawer. They have risen up the tempo with springy baselines and sharp electric guitars, speeding through its contemplative verses. “Give Yourself a Try” marks a new era for The 1975’s discography, solidifying them as an indie-rock group. If there is one thing that makes this piece both a musical and a poetic standout, it is the song’s deep lyrical content that is seriously worth thinking about.