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Interview:
The 1975 is no overnight sensation
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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The 1975 is one of British pop's big success stories of 2013 -- and, now, 2014.

But the group itself is no recent development.

The quartet actually formed during 2002 in Cheshire, near Manchester, where its four members went to high school together. "We know how deliriously fast of a rise it seems, but people don't understand how much of a grass roots thing this is," says frontman Matty Healy. "We were literally making records in my bedroom for fun, and then...all of this.

"My life is totally split into two period -- not successful and successful. As a band we're coming up to 11 years now. A year of everything you've ever dreamed of doesn't actually negate the time you spent before it, I don't think, and that's good for us. We've established the relationships between the four people, and we never let ego take center stage.

"Understanding all of that has been the most beneficial thing about this year, I think."

The 1975's self-titled debut album debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. album charts and No. 8 on the Billboard Top Rock Album survey in September, spitting out singles such as "The City," "Chocolate" and "Girls." It was recently released in a deluxe edition, adding the four EPs that preceded it. Healy says the group "has a lot of new music" already for its next album but doesn't plan to get to that for awhile, since it has tour plans in place until January.

"We embrace being a big pop band," he says. "Not too many 'cool' bands are viewed like that, wanting to be mass appeal. This band isn't something I do frivolously; it's not a party trick. It's who I am.

"But it's happened in a good way. If you sign to a major label when you're 16, you just go...mental, don't you? Insane. With us, because we dreamed about it for so long, we just get to go out and go on tour and let things happen to you and feel like we can handle it."

The 1975, Bad Suns and Sir Sly perform Sunday, May 4, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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