During a recent interview with Music Week, the ’75 frontman spoke about not feeling the need to achieve a hit single. “If I started caring about that now it would fucking stink,” he told the outlet.
“I said this ages ago, everyone wants us to become a huge rock band and we want to become a small emo band.”
Healy continued: “If we become Burial, I’m way happier with that than [becoming as big as] fucking Foo Fighters, do you know what I mean? I love the Foo Fighters, but I couldn’t do that.
“It’s funny, there’s something about me that is very poppy and the stuff that comes out is poppy, but the references never are.”
Later in the conversation, Healy said that The 1975 had “been offered all the wrong things for the right money” throughout their career (he recently spoke of his decision to turn down a lucrative offer to support Ed Sheeran).
“I’ve never taken [those offers], and it’s not that I’m proud of myself, but that part of me has been tested,” the singer told Music Week. “I’m not particularly concerned about growing old as a band and continuing to put out records, because we’re not remotely commercially minded.
“Which inherently keeps us, I don’t want to say credible… We’re just four nerds who are obsessed with alternative music and pop culture, it’s no deeper than that. I’m not worried about us being like, ‘Oh shit, we need do a fucking remix with Marshmello‘.”
The 1975 are due to release their fifth album ‘Being Funny In A Foreign Language’ on October 14 via Dirty Hit.
Speaking about the latter cut, Healy explained: “It feels like one of those songs where it’s like I’ve stepped out of the Matty-ness of everything.
“And it’s something that Adele could sing… it would make total sense, and she wouldn’t have to talk about jacking off or what [The 1975’s] usual subject matter is.”
The 1975 are set to embark on a UK and Ireland headline tour in January 2023 following a string of North American concerts this November/December. You can find any remaining tickets here (UK) and here (North America).