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Faith Jessie |
November 2, 2013 | 6:54 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

The Beatles, The Spice Girls, The Rolling Stones; for decades, the United Kingdom’s music machine has generated artists that have set the bar for their genres with unforgettable talents. That trend is nowhere near the end.

Loads of people stood on the Hollywood Streets in front of The Fonda Theatre last night waiting in a massive line to see The 1975 perform. These emerging Manchester based-artists released their self-titled album in September, topping the UK Albums Chart with the No. 1 spot. 

Their genre encompasses an indy/alternative style and at first listen, they give off a Brit-rock/Brit-pop/Happy-go-lucky sound that makes you want to crank the radio up, sing along and wish that you could be half as cool as a British rock star.

But while we sing along in our undies in front of the mirror pretending to indulge in the life style of frivolous rock star enjoyment, we don’t often think about how demanding the life style of a musician is.

Currently on tour, The 1975 has played many venues on the West coast in the last couple of days and the band is moving on to Europe to play back-to-back shows with little rest in between.

Lead man, Matthew Healy, chatted with Neon Tommy about the band.

So Matthew, you look a little tired - what have you done in the last 24 hours?

Ok I did a show, I've always done a show in any 24-hour window, you can take it that, I have done a show, and yeah I’m tired.

Matthew, did you go to college?

No…I was gonna go to college…I went to college for a bit but I went to a music college, but I was already in a band. So I was having to miss gigs with my band in order to go to a lecture about how to get a gig, In 3  years time… it was a total false economy. Not that I don’t endorse the idea of college and it should be funded and endorsed on all levels but I didn’t go to it.

You’ve seen American Pie and all these other college movies, what do you feel like you would be if you were in a fraternity?

Uh, I’d probably be like a super nerd. I was a bit of a geek in school. When "The OC" came out that made me a bit more popular because I was a bit like that Seth Cohen guy and that made me quite popular in school just because I had the same hair.  I was alright, I don’t know what I would be like in a frat, I probably wouldn’t fit in if I conducted myself like I do… I’d get beaten up (chuckles).

Is there anything you want to tell college students, in music, not in music, about life, anything that college kids should know?

Stop misbehaving. Stop getting off with each other. Go to school. Just stop partying all the time and drinking out of red cups and being sick on each other. Just stop it. (laughing)

The band is currently on tour playing a show tonight at Vinyl at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas.

To hear more from Matthew and his thoughts on music, life, and his hair, check out the Neon Tommy exclusive interview here:

Check out The 1975’s "Chocolate" below:

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