Pop Quiz: Matt Healy of the 1975


Aidin Vaziri | Led by the snake-hipped Matt Healy, the 1975 has risen to arena band status with its new album, “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It.” The son of British TV-sitcom stars Tim Healy and Denise Welch, Healy and the other members of the Manchester quartet spent years on the indie circuit playing small rooms before breaking through with their self-titled debut in 2013. The singer talked to us about how the band’s ’80s-inspired funk-pop is translating to massive spaces.

Q: In just two years you went from playing tiny clubs to headlining huge venues. How are you coping?

A: I can deal with it because I’ve done it at festivals. And it’s crazy. Now we’re an arena band. That’s what band we are. The other night was the first night we did it. It was a good show, but when I came off the stage, I was like, “F— this!” I need to be really engaged. I need to be able to really, really give myself. I didn’t like it at all.

Q: How did you push through those feelings?

A: I realized we can do an arena now because we played all those small rooms. It’s not radio fans with their mum. Now when we play an arena, it’s loads of weird kids who love our band. No matter how big it gets, as long as we keep addressing those kids, everybody is in the gang.

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