The 1975‘s new performance of “Frail State of Mind” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is all about fashion and flashing lights. The band were the musical guests on the Monday night’s (November 18) episode and figured out the perfect way to recreate the shadowy, cloud-like realm of their latest single. It’s partly thanks to frontman Matty Healy‘s awesome ensemble.
You have to admit, Healy really knows how to make a statement. Somehow he manages to pull off the large winter coat and sleeping-gown look masterfully. In the context of the outlandishly dreamy “Frail State of Mind,” his ensemble feels like an extension of this hazy aesthetic. There’s also the manner of the stage direction as well that continues this zoned out feeling.
The floor and stage have a large cycle of lights of different colors and textures spinning constantly. As the floor rapidly changes colors underneath the band, Matty grips the microphone close and lets his skirt flow in the wind. His bandmates pound the instruments in unison with him and in sync with each other. It’s a beautiful, ghostly sight that’s only magnified by the feeling that you can’t see all of it since, half the time, the stage is dark from the changing lights.
The 1975 released “Frail State of Mind” in October. The song will appear on the band’s forthcoming album, Notes On A Conditional Form, set to be released on February 21, 2020. The LP will also feature a self-titled track that features 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg reading an important speech about climate preservation.
Watch The 1975’s epic performance on Colbert up above.