The 1975 brought their politically conscious, autotune-drenched track “I Like American & America Likes Me” to James Corden’s stage Monday night for an impassioned performance.
With lyrics advocating for gun control and stricter laws to prevent more gun-related tragedies, lead singer Matty Healy urged The Late Late Show’s millions of viewers to “believe in saying something.”
Healy, known as a vocal political advocate for gun control and women’s rights, used his platform Monday night to bring awareness of gun-related trauma to the American talk-show audience.
“I’m scared of dying, no gun required,” Healy sang while jumping and swaying across the stage. Amidst a set complete with backup dancers, synchronized flashing lights and echoing synths, Healy looked into the camera and sang, “Kids don’t want rifles, they want Supreme / No gun required, or will this help me lay down?”
The song is featured on the British indie-pop-rockers’ critically acclaimed November 2018 album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, which was praised for Healy’s lyricism and vocal strengths, and the band’s blend of indie rock and electronic elements.
The 1975 will continue their international tour in support of their latest record, performing shows in their native U.K., Ireland, the U.S., several European festivals, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand and more.
Watch The 1975’s fervent rendition of “I Like America & America Likes Me” below and find a 2013 performance by the band from the Paste archives further down.