The 1975 singer Matthew Healy may look retro with his all-black ensembles, fishnet shirt, half-shaved head and 1980s-style New Wave pop vocals.
But during Sunday night's special celebrating the 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards his band did something very right here, right now: They won one of the show's biggest trophies and put on one of the night's hottest performances.
The Manchester, England, rockers, whose self-titled debut stormed the British charts in September, not only ruled the stage during Sunday night's special, they also took home the Breaking Woodie . Presented to the emerging act that made the biggest noise this year, the band proved their mettle during a performance of their smash hit, "Chocolate."
Healy's shaggy male model looks, earworm melodies and winsome lyrics about a car that smells like Hershey's and girls who dress in black from head-to-toe and hide guns under their petticoats showed why the band took home some lumber at the show .
"Well I think we better go/ Seriously better go/ Said the feds are here you know/ Seriously better go," he sang as the crowd in Austin, Texas, went nuts.
Shortly after leaving the stage, Healy said he really enjoyed the audience's wild reaction and, oh, what do you know? He also didn't hate getting his hands on the Breaking Woodie trophy. "That's really cool ... let me compose myself," he said. "Thank you very much for our award. We're very happy with it. We don't endorse the idea of music being a competition, but if you're going to give us an award, then give it here!"