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Love, Sex & Chocolate
Led by exciting, outspoken singer Matthew Healy, The 1975 have taken the music world by storm with their 1980s-inspired funk-pop-rock.
Their 2016 album debuted at #1 in the United States, Canada, and England. Music journalist David Nolan interviews key players in The 1975’s story, including their former guitarist, and traces the band’s rise from early gigs in pubs and clubs to arena shows across the globe. This is the inside scoop that fans have been waiting for.
“We’re a band that defines a certain generation at a certain time . . . I think we’re the first band to really embrace the fact that there aren’t many rules left.” —Matthew Healy
5¼ x 8 | 208 pp | 4-page color photo insert
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Original Guitarist Reflects on The 1975’s Early Years
Attention: fans of The 1975! Check out our brand-new biography, The 1975: Love, Sex & Chocolate. Author David Nolan interviewed key figures in the band’s story. “The big scoop,” as Nolan put it, was getting original guitarist Owen Davies to talk about the group’s early years and reflect on how far they’ve come. “He was there every step of the way,” said Nolan.
Davies was an original member of the five-piece group before they became a quartet and changed their name to The 1975. The band’s first name was Me And You Versus Them. Then they became Forever Drawing Six. Davies insists that despite misconceptions, the name “definitely wasn’t” Forever Enjoying Sex! They played as Drive Like I Do for two years. “Once we started recording our own music it was pretty much always under that name,” said Davies.
Davies said that in the early stages of Drive Like I Do, the band members were “evolving all the time with the sounds.” He explained, “If you were to listen to our early songs—one will be kind of like an early Fall Out Boy song and one will be a heavy Coheed [and Cambria]-style song and one will be a proggy song as well. We were always trying different things, sifting through what we did and didn’t like.”
Davies is still in touch with his former bandmates, and he saw them backstage at a show at the Manchester Arena this past December. He told Nolan, “I was saying to the boys afterwards that each venue gets bigger and bigger but they don’t look or feel out of place—to be honest the production quality fits a venue of that size now.”
Davies continued, “I was talking to George [Daniel, The 1975’s drummer] about the contrast between [the arena] and when we played a gig on the back of a [truck] in Newcastle in front of about two old age pensioners at some weird fair day at a racecourse. Big difference!” Davies wishes his former bandmates well as The 1975 continues to soar to new heights.
Davies did more than just share his story with Nolan. He also shared photos. Nolan recalled, “He said, ‘I’ve got these old pictures. Do you want to see them?’ How could I say no?” See some of those exclusive photos and learn The 1975’s behind-the-scenes story in The 1975: Love, Sex & Chocolate!
Matthew Healy’s Mission Is to Flirt with the World: An Interview with David Nolan
Lesser Gods is pleased to announce our brand-new book The 1975: Love, Sex & Chocolate. Award-winning music journalist David Nolan wrote the definitive biography of the funk-pop-rock band, with previously untold stories and never-before-seen pictures.
We interviewed Nolan about what attracted him to The 1975, how front man Matthew Healy is a big flirt and a journalist’s dream, and what it means for The 1975 to be a Manchester band.
What inspired you to write a biography of The 1975?
When I first heard “The City” on the radio, I thought, That’s my new favorite band. I started telling everyone they were going to be massive. It took a while, but I was right! I’ve written a lot about Manchester music, and it’s been a while since there has been a “Manchester” band big enough to warrant a book.
What will The 1975 fans learn from this book?
The fans are very obsessive, but there’s a lot of incorrect information out there, particularly about the early days. The band members all went to the same school in Wilmslow, which is a few miles from where I live in the UK. I tracked down people who were involved in their early breakthrough gigs. The big scoop was convincing their original guitarist Owen Davies to speak. He was there every step of the way. He said, “I’ve got these old pictures. Do you want to see them?” How could I say no?
How would you explain front man Matthew Healy’s relationship with the press?
He’s a journalist’s dream. He speaks in headlines and quotes. It sometimes gets him into to trouble, but he’s a proper pop star. He looks great, sounds great and says ridiculous things. Ideal! He was like this from day one. It’s not a recent affectation.
Matthey Healy and Taylor Swift. Did they, or didn’t they?
Just a big old flirtation. It’s Healy’s mission to flirt with the world. That’s part of his job description. And he’s very good at his job.
The Manchester Arena was the site of a terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert this past May. Especially now, what does it mean for The 1975 to be thought of as a Manchester band?
A major part of the book is about whether The 1975 fit into the Manchester scene. They definitely do. They paid their dues, more so than a lot of so-called Manchester bands. The story arc is about how they worked their way from the tiniest gigs in Manchester to playing at the Arena. Playing there this past December was hugely symbolic for them. It was the last gig I saw at the Arena before the attack.
My wife was at the Arena the night before the bombing, and a lot of my daughter’s friends were there to see Ariana Grande. A terrible event. Healy in particular felt it personally, as he’d spent a lot of time as a kid hanging out around the Arena. The area around the venue was a big part of the skater/mosher/emo scene. To try to attack Manchester through its love of music is futile. It made more people go to gigs, not less. That’s what Manchester is all about. The 1975 are now a huge part of that.