In a new interview with Billboard, Matty Healy reportedly claims that no major rock band are doing “anything as interesting” as his group, popular English rockers the 1975. The particular quote from the musician was picked up by the NME.
“There are no big bands who are doing anything as interesting as us right now,” Healy says before rhetorically asking, “Tell me dudes with guitars who are more relevant to do that slot.” He’s apparently referencing the top-billed performers scheduled for Reading Festival later this month, according to Billboard.
“There are no big bands who are doing anything as interesting as us right now. […] Tell me dudes with guitars who are more relevant to do that slot.”
The frontman also delves into topics such as drug addiction, William S. Burroughs and his current distaste for fame. On the latter, Healy waxes nostalgic about the group’s early years, contrasting the era with their present, stadium-filling power.
“I feel more addicted to the days when I walked around Manchester, dreaming of playing Madison Square Garden, than to playing Madison Square Garden. I’m not very good in the moment.”
Last month, the 1975 dropped their Donald Trump and Kanye West-referencing new single “Love It If We Made It,” the latest in a trail of sonic breadcrumbs leading to the group’s anticipated new LP A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.
This story has been updated for clarity.