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Back in 2013, if you’d asked the music press which guitar band would have a chart- topping debut and play three nights at Brixton Academy within a year, few would have cited The 1975.
12 months on, MusicRadar is sat opposite guitarists Matt Healy and Adam Hann in that prestigious venue, midway through a UK tour that has seen them sell 15,000 tickets for their London shows alone.
Having formed at 14 and endured 10 years of obscurity, the Cheshire-via-Manchester four-piece have proved the industry obsession with hype and fashionable influences accounts for approximately nothing in the eyes and ears of the record-buying public. Alongside the likes of Haim and London Grammar, The 1975 have stormed the charts and made us question what constitutes a guitar band in the 21st century.
MusicRadar found out how they build their seamless synth/guitar sounds, why the chorus will always be king, and how a battered Fender Mustang changed everything...