In a recent interview with Spin Magazine, massive Brit-poppers the 1975 open up about their unique experience as a band: their forthcoming album, their history, their overzealous—but not hollow—fan base, their drug use, even touching on their connections with Taylor Swift and One Direction, the latter of which they had some particularly honest points to divulge. However, the most interesting part of the overall compelling interview is frontman Matty Healy’s explanation of his “defining moment” to becoming a musician: getting pulled up on stage with Green Day when he was 13. Read an excerpt from the article below.

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Though his band may only now be leveling up to stadium headlining, the 26-year-old Healy has been playing arenas since he was 13: At a Green Day show, the young’n was selected from the crowd to join the band on bass for a track off of their 2002 Shenanigans compilation. “Mike Dirnt was f**king there,” he recalls excitedly. “I jumped up, and he put his bass on me… 10,000 people in f**king Newcastle Arena!” The experience was life-changing. “It was a defining moment for me. Looking out and thinking, ‘OK, this is awesome,’” Healy rhapsodizes. “I still have the pick.”

Healy also mentions his love for the World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die and how, with this new album, the 1975 “can’t be regarded as a boy band anymore.”

Read the full article, titled “The 1975 Care Because You Do,” and let us know what you think in the comments.

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