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Interview:
The 1975 was no overnight concern
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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While the world largely knows The 1975 as a band since 2012, the fact is the group's four members, who met as teenagers in Manchester, England, have been playing music together for a decade.

They didn't, however, know what was a head of them when they first got together in 2004.

"We just kind of met in the music department at school," says frontman Matt Healy, 25, the son of two well-known British actors who had moved from the Newcastle area at the time. "We were kind of bored. We weren't interested in the sports teams and stuff. Adam (Hann) came over to me and told me about this charity concert, a battle of the bands, set up for teenagers in town. And I was like, 'OK, let's be part of it...'

"So two weeks later we played our first show at some council bingo hall full of teenagers, 250 people there, going crazy. So we said, 'OK, let's just do this the rest of our lives.' "

It's proven to be a wise decision. Forming its own label, Dirty Hit, and releasing some buzz-making EPs before signing label deals, The 1975's self-titled first album debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. charts and at No. 8 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums survey in the U.S. The group's "Chocolate" was a Top 20 rock hit in the U.S. as well, while other songs -- including "The City, "Sex," "Girls" and "Settle Down" -- fueled its fire back home.

The 1975 scored some prestigious shows, including the 2013 iTunes Festival in the U.K. and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this past April in California, and it also headlined the Royal Albert Hall in London. Its current tour is something of a victory lap for "The 1975" album, and new music is on the horizon, according to Healy.

"We've got quite a lot of new music for the next record," he says, "but I'm not supposed to talk about it at the moment. It needs time to become its own thing, and then we'll start talking about it, but we've got a pretty good idea of what's going on.

"We're going to put out n album two years to the day after we put out the last one (Sept. 2) or at least as close as we can get. We're on tour until January, then we'll stop to make another record that'll come out in September -- not that we're making any firm plans or anything, you know?"

The 1975, Young Rising Sons and Cruisr

Tuesday, Nov. 4. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

Tickets are $32.50 and $45.

Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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