I love The 1975!
I thought so hard about this, because everybody in this office knows I don’t just like things, and I don’t just dislike things. I’m on both ends of the spectrum. I either have to be really obsessed with it or just be neutral, like “Oh, okay.”
So everybody knows that I have one thing in each genre of things that someone could have, so the only way that I was really going to be able to answer this question was if I literally phrased it as Nikki has always told us the story, which is, “How do you want people to feel?”
The only thing that came to mind that made sense to me was how I feel when I go see my favorite band, which sounds really cliché and really kind of almost juvenile, but there’s no other way to describe the feeling of when I go to these shows. The best way to describe it is they have this humming sound that happens before they come on: the lights get dimmer and the sound gets higher, and it’s meant to start getting your senses going. That’s impacted me so much that I know what’s going to happen next; there was a similar humming sound in this office to a point where I was psyched up in here. And that’s what I want to feel all the time.
When I go to these concerts and I go see this band, they come on and I just start crying, almost like it’s the Beetles in the 60’s. I react that way to everything, but the person that I am in that space where I’m with people that enjoy it for the same reasons, and I’m there seeing people who have profoundly impacted my life, it’s a feeling of happiness that I don’t know how to describe and have never been able to describe. That’s how I want people to feel when they come in and talk to us. It’s just one of those things: you love being there, and you’ll do it again, so much so that I’ve seen them nine times total, seven times in the timeframe of 2016 to 2017. I just kept going; I didn’t stop.
It’s one of those things where you get the little piece of it, and then you just keep wanting it, and you want to keep going back, and you want to keep going back to experience it. And what’s so great is they’ve been on hiatus for a year, and now they’re coming back here next January. So here in the next year, I’ll be doing the same thing: following them around the midwest, trying to see them as many times as I possibly can so I’ll still have that feeling.
So my seashore is not a seashore, but it’s in a crowded crowd of – more than likely, for most shows that I go to – girls that are under the age of 22. It’s just a sea of people that are all there for the same reason, screaming lyrics to a band from the UK that really no one understands half the time anyway. But it’s that feeling of community and that feeling of being somewhere where you feel a happiness that you don’t feel anywhere else.