The 1975 have shared a brilliantly surreal new video for their track ‘It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)’. The new video takes its inspiration from Talking Heads’ legendary concert film Stop Making Sense and you can watch it above.
The Warren Fu-directed video sees frontman Matty Healy dressed in an oversized suit, similar to the now iconic outfit worn by Talking Heads’ David Byrne in Stop Making Sense, which is widely regarded as one of the greatest concert films of all time. There are obvious nods to the arthouse masterpiece, from Healy’s quirky, Byrne-esque mannerisms to the identical backing dancers.
The 1984 film Stop Making Sense followed the Talking Heads at their creative peak with director Jonathan Demme capturing Byrne’s highly theatrical live show antics. He also took the then-revolutionary approach of filming from the middle of the crowd, years before every other bootleg YouTube took this perspective.
“Jonathan’s skill was to see the show almost as a theatrical ensemble piece, in which the characters and their quirks would be introduced to the audience, and you’d get to know the band as people, each with their distinct personalities,” said David Byrne in a eulogy, posted after Demme’s death in 2017. “They became your friends, in a sense.”
The clip also features appearances from The 1975’s Dirty Hit label mates No Rome and The Japanese House’s Amber Bain, as well as Healy entering the set of their recent ‘Sincerity Is Scary’ video mid-shoot.
A teaser for the ‘It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)’ video premiered in cinemas over the weekend as part of a Spotify advert for the band’s third album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, which was officially released last Friday, 30 November.”
In support of their new album, The 1975 head out on a major UK and Irish tour in January 2019. The gigs kick off on 9 January at the SSE Arena and conclude on 25 January at Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena, with the band playing London’s 02 on 18 January. Support at all shows comes from Pale Waves and No Rome. For more information on all the dates visit the band’s website.