Interview: The 1975’s Matt Healy On What Defines Pop Music

UK indie-rock quartet The 1975 have just wrapped up their biggest Australian shows yet and according to frontman Matt Healy, despite a slow start compared to the UK and America, things have officially heated up for the band and their Southern Hemisphere fans.

“The shows are very intense. It’s weird because there are a lot of young kids, the main core audience I would say are 16-19 at the front, and [the shows are] a lot of young kids’ first shows. So the first 25 minutes of the show is just a shit-show,” he explains. “It’s just people getting pulled out and people fighting and passing out, there’s so much fainting that goes on especially in America and Australia.”

The charismatic frontman also talked about the intentions behind the band’s self-titled debut album compared to their most recent single Medicine and his broader opinions on what defines pop music.

“I have a very progressive attitude towards pop music. I don’t know what pop music is but what I think is it’s music that is laden with classic pop sensibilities, so familiar structures, familiar ideas re-invented and re-presented,” says Healy. “We want to make records that sound like now but pay tribute to times gone by.”

The 1975 frontman also talks about his band’s diverse fan base, the album he’s obsessed with right now and says the 1975 will “definitely” release a new album between February and April 2016. Fans won’t have that long to wait though for new 1975 material, with Healy promising a new single sometime this year.

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