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Interview:
The 1975 at EMU, 3 Things To Know
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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The 1975 has put the potential for a sophomore slump firmly in its rearview mirror.

The British group, whose 2013 debut was a platinum hit in its homeland, has scored again with "I Like It When You Sleep...," which came out in February. It debuted at No. 1 on both sides of the pond, and elsewhere, and it was recently named the year's Best Album at the Q Awards in London. It's kept the hit parade coming, too, with singles such as "Love Me" and "The Sound."

So with The 1975 on its second swing through North America to support the album, it's not surprising that frontman Matt Healey sounds both surprised and a bit relieved about the success...

Healey acknowledges that there was some pressure in following up the debut album with "I Like It When You Sleep..." "Yeah, there really was," Healey says. "When we were making the first album nobody knew who...we were. It's just a different time making a record knowing that people are listening, and it didn't conflict the record as much as it made me realize I had to stand for something and I had to talk about something and really live up to those expectations."

The new album's full title is actually "I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It," which compared to "The 1975" is a little...wordy. "I think very early on in the process we started referring to the album as what it's title is now," Healey recalls. "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. It was kind of a bold decision, but that's where it stems from."

Stylistically, Healey says a second album allowed The 1975 to hone in more on the varied sound it makes. "I think that we have always been this genreless band, this band that creates in the way that we consume," he explains. "I think that doing the first album we kind of did that, too, but we didn't have the objective opinion on pop music that we have now. This time we really felt that we had a license to express that. That's why it materialized in songs like 'Lost My Head' being on the same album as 'The Sound' being on the same album as 'She Lays Down.' I suppose we were kind of cultivating that post-modern idea that we created."

The 1975

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.

Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt Road, Ypsilanti.

Tickets are $20-$45.

Call 734-487-2282 or visit emutix.com.

Web Site: www.emutix.com

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