The 1975 released their self-titled debut on Monday. They play the Big Top tonight. We chatted with frontman Matthew Healy.
Things have happened quite quickly for the band since you released your first EPs last year.
‘Yes, last August I was writing demos, and since then, we’ve recorded an album, toured the world and supported The Rolling Stones. I’m still catching up with it, it’s overwhelming. I thought that when the band broke, I’d hear our music in places and on telly and things, but really, when your band takes off, you’re not around to see it because you’re so busy working. Chocolate was in the charts for 17 weeks, and we were out of the country for 15 of them.’
How was supporting the Rolling Stones and Muse?
‘It was just amazing. I mean, the Stones... It’s quite obvious how you would feel supporting them, I can’t get over it. But for me, Glastonbury was the real big one; 35,000 people coming to see us and singing along, at 1pm. That was a proper moment walking out to that. When you hear all that singing, you realise your songs don’t belong to you anymore.’
Your parents are Denise Welch and Tim Healy. How has their separation affected you?
‘They sold the house and I moved out this morning. So, I’m now technically homeless. The album was written there, and last night was the last night I’ll ever spend in that house. It feels pretty poignant. It’s an odd time. My band is just about to break, we’ve got a massive tour coming up and an album to release, but at the same time I’ve nowhere to live properly and my family isn’t the same as it was. I don’t need anywhere to live as I don’t have a day off ’til December 20, when I have two weeks off. The last song on the album ends with the sound of a door closing, as I knew I wouldn’t be there much longer.’
Lots of albums are referred to as snapshots of the time they were written. Is this in that category?
‘Yes, completely. It couldn’t be more prominent. The photos in the artwork are of our rehearsal room. That’s where we played the first note, and the last beat of the new album. It’s a real book-end thing. But we’re on the start of a new chapter, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.’