Filmed on tour in Chicago, The 1975 frontman Matty Healy dissects his band’s second album, telling us which song is most personal, what his favourite lyric is and why one track got him in trouble with an ex.
Last week, we named The 1975’s ‘I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’ NME’s Album Of The Year 2016.
It’s a big, bold and bountiful album, and on meeting up for his cover interview, frontman Matty Healy sat down to dissect the record, talking about individual songs on the album, how they were written and what they mean now, with the album a trans-Atlantic Number One and the band returning to headline UK arenas in December.
Find out which lyric got Healy in trouble with an ex-girlfriend, which song is the hardest to play live, and why he almost, semi-accidentally, gave the song ‘The Sound’ to One Direction. “I think it’s very distasteful when artists talk about money, but I got a phone call saying One Direction wanted me to write a tune for them and thought, you know, f**king get in! So I went in there, really nice lads, but I didn’t know what I was doing so I just started playing them demos of stuff I already had. I don’t know if I’d really have given it to them.”
Alighting on ‘The Ballad Of Me And My Brain’ as the song that says the most about him, Healy says: “It’s intense but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s quite funny at times. I think that sums me up quite well.”
Check out the full video below.
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