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    Before their show in Philadelphia this past weekend, we sat down with Matt Healy of The 1975 to chat about the internet, how he feels about his blossoming rock star status, and cheesesteaks. Interview by Katie Gregory Urban Outfitters: How are you doing? Matt Healy: Good, thank you. How are you? UO: I'm great. How has Philly been? Matt: I like Philly. It kind of reminds me of home. I like it. UO: Did you like the cheesesteak I saw you having earlier? Matt: I did. Well, it wasn't the best. We should have got one from – what's it? Jim's or Joe's or some shit. UO: Oh yeah, Jim's. Where did you end up getting one from? Matt: Some bullshit place right around here. It's not too bad. I just don't like bad cheesesteak when I'm in Philly. UO: How often have you guys come here for shows? Matt: This is our third time. I love it in Philadelphia. It's always a good show. It's our second time at this venue. We supported The Neighbourhood here in June. UO: And now you're headlining. Is it weird getting all the attention that you have been from the album release? Because I feel like you guys blew up very quickly. Matt: That’s kinda how it feels. We’ve been together for 10 years, and it is that amazing juxtaposition of everything being quite intense and surreal and also quite nostalgic because we have so much history. I think we’re in a good place because we can really invest in our relationship with one another and we can not panic too much. People are investing in what we do. But all our records were written when people had no idea who we were, so we weren’t harbored with the things like, “Are we being too honest? Are we doing things right? Are we doing things wrong?” It’s kind of like people have embraced exactly what we are, so we don’t have to worry about anything. And all of the things that come along with it. I could talk to you for hours about how it feels. Especially in the U.K., one of the things I’m quite uncomfortable with, especially amongst young kids, because they’re so enamored with the band, is that I’ve become this kind of weird figure of intellectual desire. And I find that quite uncomfortable, because that album is really quite self-deprecating. It comes from quite a neurotic place, of which I’m not really too comfortable with a lot of the aspects of my personality that I’m discussing in that. To be kind of idolized not even from a sexual perspective by young people, but from an intellectual perspective, it’s a bit weird; I’m not doing this band for any other reason apart from I love making music. But now I feel this kind of peculiar social responsibility based on the fact that the band’s gone bigger and – the internet, man. It’s crazy. UO: The internet IS crazy. I feel like what’s good, though, is that a lot of younger teens can relate to a lot of your songs. Matt: I think the thing is, with our band, if we’re talking creatively, we create in the same way that we consume, because we’re a part of a generation – how old are you? 22? UO: 25. Matt: Okay, I’m 24, and you know, people of our generation, we’re a bit – I could talk at length about it. I think that we come from a history where, we’re adults now, we can take the internet for what it is. We grew up in an environment where it didn’t necessarily dictate our lives until you kind of acquired an understanding of what a genuine conversation is or what social dialogue actually means. The internet has created this weird kind of faux social dialogue that kind of tricks people into believing they’re connecting with one another. If that is informing the way that young people believe interaction is like, then it’s quite dangerous. This whole, like, following thing – kids kind of act like it’s the sole measure of human worth, like whether you’ve been followed. It’s peculiar and it’s dangerous and I don’t think it’s something that should be endorsed. But! That’s a different issue. What was the actual question you asked me? UO: You know, now I don’t remember what I actually asked you. We can talk about the internet, though. Matt: It is interesting, isn’t it? Because like, it’
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