You Me At Six’s Josh Franceschi: ‘The 1975’s Matty Healy is the closest thing we’ve had to an interesting rock star’

'We'd love to follow in those footsteps'

You Me At Six frontman Josh Franceschi has spoken out in praise of The 1975‘s Matty Healy – honouring their huge achievements over the last year and declearing him as ‘the closest thing we’ve had to an interesting rock star for a long time’.

Franceschi was speaking to NME on the red carpet of the BBC Music Awards, where he said that he was inspired by the success of fellow British bands.

“I take a lot of pride in seeing British artists achieve well – not only in their country but internationally,” he told NME. “We’ve really had that with the likes of The 1975, Foals, Bring Me The Horizon; they’re a handful of bands who have taken the UK and put our music even further on the map. We’d love to follow in those footprints.”

Speaking of the secret to The 1975’s success, he continued: “Their music is great, you can’t deny their music or that they write great pop songs. I hope they won’t mind me saying that – it’s not an insult in the slightest. I feel like everything from the way that they present their band is interesting.

“Matt Healy is the closest thing we’ve had to an interesting rock star for a long time. He’s not the sort of rock star would necessarily work on paper, but he has really resonated with a lot of people.”

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This comes after The Vaccines’ Justin Young recently told NME that ‘no one can compete with The 1975’.

“In terms of who has had a big and important year, I don’t think anyone can really compete with Foals or The 1975,” Young told NME. “So for me its probably a dead tie. I can’t think of anyone that has come close to Foals’ rise in prominence or The 1975’s relevance around the world. To see a British rock band like Foals play the slots they did at Glastonbury and Reading/Leeds was really inspiring and invigorating. It reminds us all of what is possible.”

He added: “There aren’t many British bands where everything they say or do, people take note and have an opinion on – that’s what I like about The 1975. I always think that pop music should have an element of theatre to it.”

Manchester, Arena (December 13)
London, The O2 (December 15, 16)
Newcastle, Arena (December 17)
Glasgow, Hydro (December 19)
Bournemouth, International Centre (December 21)
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (December 22)

Meanwhile, You Me At Six are gearing up to release their new album ‘Night People’ on 13 January. Their upcoming UK tour dates are below.

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3 – NEWCASTLE Academy
5 – PLYMOUTH Pavilions
6 – BLACKBURN King George’s Hall
7 – DONCASTER Dome
10 – BIRMINGHAM Academy
11 – BOURNEMOUTH Solent Hall
13 – GLASGOW SECC
14 – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
15 – LONDON Alexandra Palace

The band stormed Reading Festival back in summer when they performed a secret set, when they dedicated the final song of their secret set to late Architects guitarist Tom Searle, who passed away earlier this week following a three-year battle with cancer.