The 1975’s Matty Healy explains why he couldn’t make an album like Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’

The frontman called the band's upcoming 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships' a "curveball"

The 1975‘s Matty Healy has discussed why he couldn’t make an album like Arctic Monkeys‘ ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino‘.

The Manchester band will release their third record, ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships‘, on November 30. It follows 2016’s ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It‘, which NME named Album Of The Year.

Speaking to NME for this week’s Big Read, Healy revealed more details about the record. “It’s a bit of a… what’s a good word for curveball?” he said. “It’s the least kind of on-the-nose, sticky record that I’ve ever done, there’s no theme, there’s no gags. In fact, no, there are shitloads of gags, but it’s not like so self-aware and so ‘am I a rockstar or am I a dickhead or am I an egomaniac?’ this time. It’s just really honest.”


He continued to explain the album isn’t “weird”. “What would be a weird 1975 record is if we brought out something like that Arctic Monkeys record [‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’] that was very different for them, but has a consistent sound,” he said. “I don’t know how to do that, that’s a skill I do not have.”

Elsewhere, Healy revealed how equine therapy had helped him beat his heroin habit during a stint in rehab in Barbados. “One of my therapists there asked did I want to do equine therapy,” he said. “And I thought, because I’m a very cynical English person who doesn’t believe in energy and vibes and is a sceptic at heart, I thought, fucking hell, what am I going to do? Stand next to a horse for two weeks?”

“So I’m stood there, and the first day, to be honest, I am stood next to a horse, and I’m thinking, ‘What a fucking dickhead I am, stood with a horse thinking that I’m going to have a profound moment’. Then three days in, my therapist takes me into this round pen and tells me, ‘Breathe,’ shows me this thing where I’m spinning a rope near the horse, and he basically teaches me how to get the horse to trust me in about five minutes.”

The frontman described what followed as “the most profound experience I’ve ever had”. “In that time, and probably if I went back now, I cared a million times more in a human way about the approval of that horse than I did anybody else,” he added.


Meanwhile, The 1975 will head out on tour in January, when they will embark on a series of UK arena dates. Tickets for the shows are on sale now and available to purchase here. No Rome and Pale Waves will support.

The 1975 will play:

JAN 9TH Belfast SSE Arena
JAN 10TH Dublin 3Arena

JAN 12TH Glasgow SSE Hydro
JAN 14TH Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
JAN 16TH Brighton The Centre
JAN 18TH London The O2
JAN 19TH London The O2
JAN 21ST Exeter Westpoint
JAN 23rd Birmingham Arena
JAN 24TH Manchester Arena
JAN 25TH Sheffield FlyDSA Arena