The 1975 had themselves a year, breaking out as the U.K.’s most-buzzed band and making serious headway here in the states, too. It was the kind of run most acts dream of … and it shows no signs of slowing down as the calendar turns to 2014. So you can’t blame maudlin, mohawked frontman Matt Healy for claiming he’s already running on fumes; and he’s still got a full 365 days to go until he can take a break.
“We’re booked up until 2015,” he sighed. “I don’t like to know what’s happening with my life, because I like to be able to complain, I like to be able to moan about everything. It’s a nice crutch to fall back on. But, yeah, it’s safe to say 2013 has been the year that defined our band.
“We started in December of 2012, we were playing our first club in Leeds to, like, 60 people. I remember the first time we sold out a room in Manchester, where we’re from, we sold out the downstairs bar at Sound Control, 150 people, and I think I cried,” he continued. “And since then, we’ve supported the Stones, we’ve had a #1 album, we’ve toured the world, like, three times, we’ve put out five records, essentially. We’ve achieved so much more than we ever dreamed of … This year has been bananas.”
Of course, the majority of those accomplishments went unnoticed by audiences in the U.S., which is why Healy and his mates are firmly committed to hitting the road hard in 2014. They’ll launch a full North American tour following Coachella , and are working overtime to promote their self-titled debut — and its single, “Chocolate” — here in the states. Though, really, “working” isn’t really the way they see it.
“I mean, it’s not work, you know? I’m just going to radio stations, meeting people, talking to them, playing music,” Healy said. “There are much more difficult jobs out there.”
One of those jobs would be following up the success of their debut disc … a task Healy said is already underway, as the band write and record demos on the road.
“I feel as if I have a responsibility to myself to make whatever I do do as good as what preceded it, if not better. I’m writing about stuff that happened to me this year, death, coming of age,” he said. “I think that in the same way the first record was a scrapbook of ideas and conversations and thoughts, I imagine the second album will be similar, but from a slightly more understanding perspective.
“It’s going to be weird though, this next record, it already is. We never really wrote individually, because we lived in the same rooms, we wrote on the same laptops,” he continued. “Now there’s two laptops, now I’ve got a guitar, so we’re writing individually. We want it to be a distillation of everything that preceded it; the heavier bits are heavier, the ambient bits are more dramatic and emotive, the sentiments are deeper and heavier.”
So does that mean the 1975 plan on squeezing a full-length album into their 2014 plans? Probably not, though Healy said there will be new music coming … if he and his bandmates can make it through the year alive.
“The goal is to survive. We might do an EP actually … later on this year. Maybe not,” he laughed. “We said that we want, if we could, to put out a second album two years to the day from when the first one [came out] that would be very 1975 of us. We’d be quite up for that.”