In order to fully understand The 1975’s Love It If We Made It, one must dive deeper than the lyrics, and acknowledge delivery alongside with the official music video and live performances. The message of the song is not hidden behind metaphor and Matt Healy’s delivery of lyrics reflects that. He yells over a synthy jazz track, allowing his message to be comprehensible. His words are driven and clear. Matt Healy delineates the moments that catch and hold our attention as a society and serves it to us without denying emotion and slight abhorrence.

The official music video accurately depicts the disorderly nature of the content vs. form of the song. You never actually see the bandmates, just silhouettes of their performance. Their shadows are casted with soft pastel lights and are easy to look at. Yet in between shots of the band, there are chaotic flashing messages, paired with the relevant images that correspond with his powerful message. The images are disturbing and illustrate the raw events that capture our culture’s attention between the lines of meeting aesthetics.

Love It If We Made It functions as a meaningful text in society because it is “far beyond self reflection”… as “an intimate revolt against the turbulence and turmoil embedded in today’s culture and political climate,” (Mitch Mosk). The song is for the here and now. “Pop bands aren’t expected to talk about politics or current events, but when they do – and do it well – the results can be enormous. Music can both define and disrupt major moments in history”. Love It If We Made It overtly defines what influences our culture socially and politically.