The 1975 Delivers A Languid Cover of Sade’s “By Your Side”

Mike Wass | February 21, 2017 6:03 pm
The 1975 Vs. The Chainsmokers
The 1975 frontman Matt Healy dissed The Chainsmokers on BBC Radio 1.

Well, this is a little surprising! The 1975’s new single, “By Your Side,” arrived this afternoon (February 21) and it’s a languid, faithful cover of Sade’s Grammy-nominated 2001 hit. “This song is for me, if you listen to Kanye, if you listen to Bon Iver, if you listen to Francis And The Lights… ‘By Your Side’ has so much of that identity,” Matt Healy explained on BBC Radio 1. “When I was listening to it, I was listening to it with this real sense of identity and thinking, ‘wow this is still really, really forward-thinking.'”

“So me and [George Daniel] couldn’t help ourselves and when we were going to do a gig for War Child, you know the idea of it being for charity, meant the sentiment of the song took on a whole different meaning and it felt kind of perfect.” Is the slow, vibey cover representative of the band’s third LP? “I think that whenever we do anything we’re always looking to self reference and now that we’ve got two albums and this little single, we’re always referencing ourselves,” Matt revealed. “I suppose with everything we’re doing, it’s always provoking what’s going to happen next. But honestly, there’s so much going to happen next.” Sounds promising! Listen below.

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