4 Underground Bands Like The 1975


I don’t think it’s a secret that I LOVE The 1975–even if my thoughts on their last album were less than flattering–but I also recently discovered that I was an impressive collection of lesser-known bands’ music. 

Something around 150 bands…

So what better way to share in my obsession–er, passion–than to put together a list of underground bands that share some similarities with a more mainstream band I adore.

All of the bands listed below have less than 100,000 monthly streams on Spotify–which is criminal in itself–and an example of what their sound is. I’ll give you all the links to their socials so you can find them and keep up with what they’re doing.

Hopefully, you find something to your liking.

pink roses

Image from their Facebook

This band has a way of building an auditory environment that I find very reminiscent of the sound of I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful And Yet So Unaware Of It.

They have a way of using higher register synths to fill in the background that was the first similarity I found. Their a slow-key synth-based pop that can occasionally have more upbeat drums.

If you’re ever up late at night and you just need something to vibe to, this is a great band for that.

The guitars in the song below remind me so much of the way Adam Hann plays.

Find the Band at:

The True Blue

Image from their Facebook

This band has a similar, playful of using audio-tune on the vocals. Not only are they not needed, but they are used sparingly to create a certain atmosphere for the song. Even when it just pitch shifting a backing vocal to add an extra layer to the overall sound, this band is extremely talented at mixing cold electronic sounds with warmer analogue instruments.

The below song is one of their slower ones by I completely love the way they use the piano and work the other instruments around it.

Find the Band at:

Hotel Apache

Image from their Facebook

This comparison is all about the guitar and bass.

The electric guitar is very staccato with some funky influences that are very reminiscent of music from 40 years ago. Match with that the bass lines that can only encourage people to dance and this band is very a groovy time.

Find the Band at:

The Millennial Club

Image from their Facebook

While there are plenty of comparisons I could make on the production side again, for me this one is really about the vocal performance.

Obviously, Andres Owens isn’t from Manchester like Matty Healy is but they have a similar way of approaching their vocals nevertheless. Especially with the slower songs.

The song below begins with these synths that remind me SO much of the opening of Robbers that I instantly thought of the comparison when I heard it.

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I hope you were able to find a new favourite band!

Are there any other mainstream bands that you want me to make a list around? Let me know in the comments or email me through the Contact Page! You can also send me suggestions and requests through twitter @Blind_Thought_ or on Instagram @blindthought_blog–link in the sidebar to all socials!

By Sarah Carswell

After spending 5 years studying language and writing, Sarah spends most of her time thinking critically about popular works of fiction, and after a lifetime love of music they have made themselves a place where they can analyze music and interview musicians. To learn about their struggle with learning to read and write please check out the About page. You can send a message to Sarah by going to the contact page and sending an email with your feedback and suggestions for new content.

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