The 1975′s Music Is Like A Movie For Your Ears

'It's as if John Hughes directed a movie about our life and we did the soundtrack,' MTV's newest Artist to Watch says of their self-titled debut.

Shakespeare’s oft-quoted line “all the world’s a stage” is something that British band The 1975 can really get behind — if you sub in the word “screen” for “stage” that is.

The 1975 — MTV’s newly crowned Artist To Watch — dropped their debut, self-titled album in September, one that they said was inspired heavily by cinema. “[The album] is a soundtrack,” lead singer Matt Healy said in a recent interview. “It’s as if John Hughes directed a movie about our life and we did the soundtrack. We want people to feel when they listen to our records the same way we felt when we watched his movies and listened to the records we really cared about.”

The guys’ black-and-white aesthetic is also influenced by cinema — specifically French film La Haine, which tells the tale of three French teens from immigrant families living in the suburbs.

“The idea of our music being cinematic is a very natural evolution — it comes from the way that we perceive our life,” Healy told MTV News. “It comes from the way that anybody perceives their life. Nobody has a clinical view of their memories, memories are more like Polaroids — it’s that kind of faded splendor.”

The band’s debut album — which was released after a series of EPs — is replete with these kinds of snapshots. From the track “Chocolate,” which recalls teenage indiscretions (the guys met in high school, where they cut their teeth on punk) to “Sex,” which details a lurid kind of half-love, the record is a series of flashing recollections.

“If you do romanticize your own life and then you translate it into any art form, I suppose it’s going to be dramatized,” Healy adds. “I think if you’re connected to a piece of music it can come out of any time of day, anything, and it can take you to a certain place.”

Speaking of going places, the band is currently on world tour through March.

North American tour dates:

» 4/17 — San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
» 4/23 — Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
» 4/24 — Seattle, WA @ Showbox
» 4/25 — Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub
» 4/26 — Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
» 4/28 — Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
» 4/29 — Calgary, AB @ Republik
» 5/1 — Winnipeg @ Union Hall
» 5/2 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
» 5/3 — Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
» 5/4 — Detroit, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
» 5/5 — Columbus, OH @ Newport Theatre
» 5/6 — Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
» 5/8 — New York, NY @ Terminal 5
» 5/9 — Providence, RI @ The Met
» 5/10 — Boston, MA @ Royale
» 5/12 — Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
» 5/13 — Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
» 5/14 — Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
» 5/15 — Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
» 5/20 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
» 5/21 — Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theatre
» 5/22 — Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
» 5/28 — Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
» 5/29 — Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
» 5/30 — Austin, TX @ Emo’s
» 6/1 — New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

Brenna Ehrlich is a reporter for MTV News as well as the senior writer/editor for the O Music Awards. In the past, she served as associate editor at Mashable, penned a netiquette column for CNN and co-authored the blog and book "Stuff Hipsters Hate." She likes trying not to die in moshpits and listening to songs on repeat. Follow her on Twitter @BrennaEhrlich for news on cats and punk bands.