MusicRadar recently caught up with guitarists Matt Healy and Adam Hann from UK band the 1975 to discuss their hit 2013 self-titled debut album.
As to their sudden breakout success, Healy had this to say:
“I think it’s because we just released a wealth of material that people could make their own mind up about and find themselves in, as opposed to being told by the f**king NME that we’re the next biggest band in the world… We didn’t get any lists [at the start of 2013], everything’s been publicly driven.”
The band, which is in the middle of playing back-to-back weekends at Coachella, also dished on the importance of guitar in their live shows.
“There is such a wishy-washy idea of what a band is now, and I think people do relate to a classic formula, albeit with a more forward-thinking sound,” said Healy. “And the guitars in our music need to be emphasized. You can have certain things on computers or samplers, but you can’t have a guitar that’s not live. It makes it a band.”
Specifically, Healy is a huge fan of the Fender Mustang, owning models from 1965, ’67, ’68 and ’78.
“That guitar changed my life!” he told MR. “I don’t use the word too lightly, but I got very depressed and I was in a bad way, just after a time when the band very much didn’t get signed. Our manager was going to Los Angeles and just said, ‘Just come with me and get away from it.’ So I went and I met loads of people and I ended up going out and looking for a guitar. I bought my ’65 Mustang and, since then, everything just changed.”
He continued, “I’m very small as well, so it’s a great shape on me. Plus, if we’re going to be a big band, I want to have a synonymous shape!”