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Matty Healy on Imagine Dragons’ lacking message: “What’s the point?”

Heal sounded off on their 2017 interaction.

July 3, 2019
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Amid a wave of criticism from the community as of late, Imagine Dragons has now drawn some choice comments from the 1975‘s Matty Healy.

While this isn’t the first time Healy has voiced his distaste with the band’s lack of message, this time he shared his opinions on their frontman Dan Reynolds’ response to the recent influx of negativity.

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During an interview on Chicago’s 101 WKQX, Healy was asked about artist’s responsibility to tackle social and political issues with their music. Healy used Imagine Dragons as an example of a group not using their platform to take on serious issues.

“He went online quite recently and he’s kind of like ‘Everyone’s slagging off my band, everyone’s saying that we’re not good enough or whatever,'” Healy explains. “And he was like—’Matty from the 1975 said it.’ And I was like, ‘Bro, I didn’t say that.’ And even if I did say that, why do you care? You’re a millionaire in a huge band. You don’t go, ‘Oh I’m gonna do this and also can I be void of criticism?’ It’s like, no.”

Healy also addressed his prior run-ins with Reynolds and his band, referring to the band’s track “Radioactive” as “nothingness” in a 2017 Q Magazine interview.

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“My point wasn’t that Imagine Dragons aren’t good, I don’t care,” Healy continues. “If you’re that big, if you’re like the biggest alternative band in America radio-play wise, and you’re saying nothing in your music—if you’re just saying words ‘radioactive whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa,’ you know what I mean—It’s just like, what’s the point?”

While Healy has been critical of the band’s lack of substance, he did give props for Imagine Dragons’ comments on conversion therapy at the BBMAs.

“Everybody’s listening to fucking Jack Johnson, Norah Jones. Cause people didn’t want to deal with reality,” he says. “We have to deal with reality now. So seeing that guy from Imagine Dragons getting onstage the other week at Billboard Music Awards and start talking about conversion therapy and saying how it was bullshit and we need to stop it, I thought, “There you go, good, use your platform.’ I’m not gonna slag you off for that.”

You can watch Matty Healy’s full interview below.

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Written by Collin Goeman