After a No. 1 and platinum-certified debut album in its native U.K. -- and gold in the U.S. -- The 1975 could have walked into the new "I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It" with a degree of confidence.
But that didn't stop the band from suffering some sophomore jitters, according to frontman Matthew Healy.
"We'd been touring solidly for, like, three years, and coming off tour the silence of deafening," Healy, 27, says by phone. "We'd been writing on the road toward the album, but when the making of the second album actually presented itself I think it was slightly overwhelming and we were a bit scared and feeling a bit uncertain. And that was the first time that we'd ever felt that way in our band."
It wasn't for lack of material, however. "We didn't have as much a creative drought as we did a psychedelic breakdown," Healy explains. "We were still making (songs); We jsut weren't as happy."
He credits "time" with bringing The 1975 back on form. Once in Los Angeles to record "I Like It When You Sleep...," the group was energized and new songs such as "Somebody Else" and "UGH!" presented themselves. And the quartet also tucked into material such as "The Sound," the album's latest U.S. single, which was originally written for the first album. And any worries were certainly allayed when the album debuted at No. 1 on both sides of the Atlantic after its late February release, with strong reviews alongside.
"That's quite amazing, really; We joined a handful of artists who are all kind of the biggest artists in the world, who have ever done that," Healy says. "I think it stands for our fan base being so hardcore. I think it stands for the Internet. I think it stands for lots of things, but we're deeply humbled.
"We were just proud of the album, really. I wasn't expecting anything for my ego. I just wanted the album to stand for itself, and that's kind of what it does."
And about that plus-size title?
"We just wanted to make a record about conviction, about bold decisions," Healy explains. "Very early on in the process we started referring to the album with that (title), and it was almost like, 'Well, if we call the album that now, before we've written it, then it's already ridiculous, so we have to make that album.' that's kind of where it stems from. It was about bold decisions -- one of them being that (title)."
The 1975 and Japanese House
8 p.m. Saturday, May 21.
Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills.
Tickets are $49.95 and $39.95 pavilion, $29.95 lawn.
Call 248-377-0100 or visit palacenet.com.
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