July 8, 2016
The 1975 have released a highly captivating, cinematic video for ‘Somebody Else,’ a single from their new album with an extremely long name, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It.
Tim Mattia-directed video lasts twice as long as the album version of the song: the first half of the clip is a movie-like prelude to the following video, taking the production of a music clip to the height of a mini-film, which you won’t be able to stop watching until the last seconds.
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The band’s singer Matt Healy is also the main character of the clip, which depicts a day of his life right after the painful breakup.
The introductory scene unfolding before the song starts is a black-and-white art-house type of episode from the life of Healy’s character after he leaves the stage. Taking it off from the theme of the band’s ‘A Change of Heart’ video, it shows Healy wash off his clown makeup, accompanied solely by out-of-place background sitcom laughter and exclamations. A person, sitting on a couch, in the same room (obviously, his girlfriend) neither moves nor responds to his questions throughout the whole scene, adding to the heavy atmosphere of the video.
When the song kicks in, the heartbroken man, struggling with self-obsession, walks on the deserted streets, crying and drinking. He gets on the nerves of a bunch of creeps in a karaoke bar and ends up beaten up by them, as he exits the bar. Then Heavy heads to a strip club for some more drinks and a lap dance to help him wash away the pain.
Closer to the end of the video we see him leave the club with the stripper, and the two have sex in the back of a car. The closing scene of the video reveals Heavy is actually masturbating alone, while the stripper following him to the car was nothing more than a drunken delusion.
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The 1975 have just announced details of a huge UK arena tour, including two shows at London’s O2 this December and a bunch of gigs around the country.
The band is currently on a world tour through Europe, Australia and Asia. On July 28 the band is set to perform at Lollapalooza in Chicago. In the UK, the musicians will appear at Wireless and Reading & Leeds festival. Healy also recently hinted at inviting a gospel choir to perform previously unheard 1975′ songs.