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Life is a ‘string of surreal situations’ for exploding rock band ‘The 1975’

Life is a ‘string of surreal situations’ for exploding rock band ‘The 1975’

By Rob LeDonne

It’s a damp, October afternoon in Portland, Oregon and Matthew Healy is being greeted by throngs of screaming fans. “This is what my life is now,” he yells over the phone. “Just groups of women waiting outside of doors for me to leave places. This year has been a delirious ride for us.”

Healy isn’t kidding. As the frontman for Manchester, England-based band “The 1975” he went from simply recording various tracks in his bedroom with his friends in the UK to becoming one of the music industry’s most buzzed-about bands and a runaway success story. Their debut album was a smash hit in the U.S., and went to number 1 in England and Scotland (besting...

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