After releasing her debut EP, Strange Cacti, as a small run cassette on Bathetic Records in 2010, Angel Olsen soon found herself playing with Will Oldham, both in Oldham’s cover band The Babblers, and as a recording and touring member with Bonnie "Prince" Billy’s Cairo Gang.
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Romance—along with sex and drugs—has driven The 1975 and its music. At 19, lead singer Matthew Healy gave a girl a book as a romantic gesture and was intrigued by the way "1975" was handwritten inside, with a "The" next to it. The Manchester-based band, comprised of Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann, and George Daniel, had found its moniker.