Alternative rock favourites The 1975 have given their sound and image a bit of an update with their forthcoming second studio album “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It” due for release later in the month. They kicked off their pre-album release Australian tour in Brisbane to a very ecstatic crowd. Opening the show with the INXS reminiscent “Love Me” overseen by neon lights and a confident Matty Healy serenading the screaming crowd it was clear that this was going to be a great show from the very beginning. The setlist was compiled of fan favourites from their debut album and early EPs as well as some exclusive new tracks. “She’s American”, “A Change Of Heart” and “Somebody Else” were received well by the crowd but sounded very similar and didn’t introduce any new or exciting formulas. However “The Sound” made it all worthwhile, if you thought the song was impressive on its studio version then wait till you hear it live. Because that song EXPLODED live. Matty Healy’s stage presence has always been strong but on the small stage this intimate show had him toning it down and opening up to the crowd more than usual. “Heart Out”, “The City”, “Robbers”, “Girls”, “Sex” and “Chocolate” had the crowd singing along and dancing while sweat flew everywhere but the care factor was very low. Seeing The 1975 in such an intimate venue was pretty special but this band was born for the big stage so next time they tour prepare for one of the most electric, neon and magical shows of the year.