Matty Healy: The 1975 are a "post-Arctic Monkeys" band

14 October 2022, 11:23

The 1975 - the ultimate "post-Arctic Monkeys" band?
The 1975 - the ultimate "post-Arctic Monkeys" band? Picture: Press

The frontman claims that his group could turn out to be the "most important band of the 20s".

Matty Healy has claimed that The 1975 are the ultimate "post-Arctic Monkeys" band.

In this week's NME Big Read, the frontman considers that The 1975 aren't in the same bracket as Alex Turner and co.

He says: “With us, you need to take us out of the ‘bands’ world and put us next to Lana [Del Rey], Taylor [Swift], Frank Ocean and Kendrick [Lamar].

"These are artists that have existed for a decade, and no one is asking them questions about why they’re still relevant. We’re only a band in form. We’re a lot less formal than the last traditional band, which is Arctic Monkeys. We’re post-Arctic Monkeys.”

Back in 2018, Healy claimed that "Arctic Monkeys were the band of the 00's, we're the band of the '10s".

He says now: “I think we could still be the most important band of the ‘20s. I’ve got a prediction that we will be, but we’re starting to get into a semantic argument."

Healy did, however, admit that Arctic Monkeys "are still relevant and making amazing records and are still a band” and that they could “always be around if they wanted to".

However, the singer thinks that popular culture is no longer about “white guys with guitars changing the world”.

The 1975 - I'm In Love With You (Official Video)

The 1975's fifth studio album, Being Funny In A Foreign Language, is released today (14th October) after the band headlined Reading and Leeds Festivals in August - a last minute replacement for Rage Against The Machine, who had to drop out due to frontman Zack de la Rocha sustaining an injury.

“Making the record – once we decided what it was – was a f**king breeze, but getting there was dreadful. It was rife with near relapses, mental health, and difficult, difficult times.

"When we got back on that stage we were like, ‘Haha! Right! This is what we f**king need, man! We’re comfortable here!’”

Read the full NME Big Read interview here

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