Backstage at Jack Antonoff's Shadow Of The City Festival, The 1975’s Matty Healy discussed on-the-road life with Vman magazine, and posed for some black-and-white photos.
On The 1975 being genre-less: "On our first album, we cultivated this post-modern idea of not really having a genre. And I think because we’ve kind of done that, the next album was imperative. I mean it’s not really a conscious decision, and that’s just the way that we are. We create in the way that we consume—as a generation, we all do that. Our iPods are all Carole King, fucking Kendrick Lamar, you know. There’s no rules because this millennial generation hasn’t had to adhere to that. So that makes things a bit more difficult to be “cool.” Because being “cool” is just referencing stuff, and 20 years ago it was harder to be “Cool” because you had to have seen that foreign movie or read that book or been in that show. Now you have the apparatus to reference everything immediately and everyone now knows it. So now when you see something that’s cool, your immediate thing is to be suspicious of it. That’s why it’s kind of difficult to be cool, you have to be self-aware. But I think that making what I’ve done or what I’ve said, right, is there’s no rules and I don’t have a genre: there’s tendencies, there’s stylistic elements, like I’m obviously very inspired by the '80s and there’s a lot of artists you can hear permeate our sound, but there’s a purity to the way we make music. If we like it, we like it. And I think that that’s not a very challenging idea for people anymore. I think it’s quite representative of this generation; I think this generation gets that. Nobody is tribalist about anything anymore. Everything is changing: race, sexuality, culture. There’s a lot less tribalism across the board and I think that we represent that."
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