Asked in the interview about the influence that The 1975 have drawn from Bright Eyes, Oberst said that he met the band’s frontman Matty Healy recently “and he’s really cool”.
“I don’t hear a lot in common between our bands, but what I like about [The 1975] is that they’re also weirdly genre-less,” Oberst said. “They have radio-pop songs, then others sound like a punk-rock band. It confuses me, but I like that.
“They’re willing to be many different bands in one,” he added. “I think we probably have that in common.”
Asked why so many millennial musicians have been attracted to Bright Eyes’ work over the years, Oberst replied: “I really can’t speak for them and what they see in our music.”
Oberst recently guested on Healy’s ‘In Conversation’ podcast, and he spoke about how the new Bright Eyes record addresses loss.
“Loss is a pretty big theme in the new songs,” he said. “I’ve lost friends and I’ve lost people over the years but I only had two brothers, so when you lose one of your brothers, it’s just a life-changing event where this thing that had always been a foundation of your life is gone.
“Trying to pick up the pieces and move on from that, it’s a hard thing.”