Matty Healy has never been one to shy away from discussing multi-faceted topics that can often lead to heated debates – 2018’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is a prime example of his tenacity to tackle social issues head-on.
In a recent interview with GQ, the 1975’s iconic frontman has opened up about how his perceptions of toxic masculinity were formed, and how he came to reject archaic gender norms.
As wholesome as ever, Healy attributed his current stance on the topic to his dad – a working-class welder turned actor.
“I did get slapped about a bit,” he said, on traditional masculine norms, “but who didn’t get stuff for being slightly different? It’s like I’ve never been interested in masculinity as an idea because I’ve never been fearful of it.”
“Maybe it’s the duality of my dad being a working-class welder who graduated into being an actor and a more bohemian character. He was a working-class lad. I was witness to the masculinity and that role model in my life, but all his mates were gay and liberal and of colour. I’m lucky to have never really been a witness to that much prejudice.”
The 1975 are set to release their second album in just under a year, Notes Of A Conditional Form in May, with their manager Jamie Oborne dropping hints as to when we can expect our first taste of the new album just earlier this month.
“We are working hard to get new music ready yes,” Oborne responded. “Not sure about this month will depend if it’s ready,” said Oborne over Twitter.
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The 1975 A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships Australian Tour
Friday, September 20th
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday, September 21st
ICC, Sydney, NSW
Sunday, September 22nd
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday, September 25th
AEC Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday, September 27th
HBF Stadium, Perth, WA