The 1975 frontman Matt Healy has discussed the band’s upcoming third studio album in a new interview. In the interview Healy reveals that he would like the album to have the same impact as both ‘OK Computer’ and ‘The Queen Is Dead’.
Over the last few years The 1975 have become one of the most popular bands in the world and have been credited with redefining modern rock music. After the success of their first two records ‘The 1975’ (2013) and ‘I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It’ (2015), the band are now tasked with writing and recording their third studio album.
Third albums are notoriously difficult, and often make or break young bands. If you look at the last 20 years a number of high profile British rock acts such as Oasis, Razorlight, Bloc Party and Artic Monkeys have failed to live up to the hype of their initial success following the release of their third record. The 1975 however, seem to be well aware of the colossal task ahead of them.
In a recent interview with Q, Matt Healy explained: “If you look at third albums, ‘OK Computer’ or ‘The Queen Is Dead’, that’s what we need to do.” “I want a legacy. I want people to look back and think our records were the most important pop records that a band put out in this decade.”
Living up to the likes of Radiohead and The Smiths is no small feat, and no doubt time will tell if The 1975 have what it takes to be held in the same regard.
One thing for certain is that they definitely have the statistics to back up their grand aspirations. Both of their studio albums have peaked at number one in the UK, and they have picked up a string of prestigious awards over the last couple of years. Their most valuable tool however, is that they are currently walking that perfect line between pop and cult, and if any band are going to live up to the hype… it could well be The 1975.