This year has been a whirlwind for 1975 singer Matthew Healy.
While the band's rise, fueled by their sleek, self-titled debut, might appear meteoric from the outside, Healy and his mates have actually been making music together since they were teenagers in Manchester. He's still adjusting to the intensity of the media spotlight that's been thrust upon the crew.
“To be honest, the whole fame thing is kind of [bleeping] our heads up a little bit,” said Healy, 24. “You've caught me at an interesting time. I was just looking at the line [outside Shepherd's Bush] and it's got me feeling a bit nostalgic.”
With this as the backdrop, the singer discussed the '80s influences that bleed into the 1975's polished, pop-rock sound, why he never felt an attachment to the bands so commonly associated with his hometown and the Chicago director whose films have helped shape his life.
You’ve spoken about how you spent your teenage years in Manchester having sex and doing drugs. I guess being in a band completes the trinity.
It’s the perfect cliché, isn’t it? There was a nice review in the Guardian that said this year has been “the delirious rise of Manchester’s heartbroken gutter-poet,” or something, and I thought that was a really nice way of describing us. All of these songs seem to be of the rock ‘n’ roll cliché, but they’re actually true, and there’s a lot of honesty and a lot of reality behind what could maybe be perceived as something with an agenda. People may think I’m trying to be a pop star. Maybe I just am one.
Do you worry how that spotlight is going to affect the band moving forward?
It’s definitely something I’ve thought about. I’d be naïve to think the dynamic won’t change at all because it has to. I’m living totally separate lives. The next record won’t be written anywhere near the same circumstances where I wrote the last one, so I’m sure the creative process will change and develop. We’ll just have to embrace whatever evolution it goes through.
You released singles called “Sex” and “The City.” Were you using subliminal advertising to try and win over fans of the HBO series?