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The 1975’s Matty Healy says releasing new album is like ‘therapy’

You can watch our behind-the-scenes video of Matty's Rolling Stone UK cover shoot now

By Nick Reilly

The 1975's Matty Healy
The 1975's Matty Healy (Picture: Rolling Stone UK)

The 1975‘s Matty Healy has opened up on the release of the band’s new album, likening it to his previous experiences of therapy sessions. You can watch our interview with him in full below.

The singer was speaking at his Rolling Stone UK cover shoot, which comes ahead of the release of his band’s fifth album Being Funny in a Foreign Language on 14 October.

“It’s a bit like therapy,” said Healy of the band’s first album in two years.

“You know, you go to therapy and you say, this is how I feel and this is about that and this is
about that and this is about that. And then they go, are you sure you don’t feel like this? And
maybe it’s that’s actually about that. And you go fuckin hell yeah, money well spent. It’s the
same process with putting a record out.

“I can say what I think it’s about and what it’s supposed to be about, but, you know, 100 people, let alone millions, are always going to be smarter and more perceptive than one person. So at this point in a campaign, you can probably see. I find it hard to talk about not because I’m particularly worried, but I just don’t really know what it is yet. I haven’t practised my spiel.”

Healy also described the record as their most “timeless” release to date and explained that it is thematically similar to A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, their third album which arrived in November 2018.

“It’s kind of a continuation from A Brief Enquiry in the way that it’s still about love and loss and smoking in the Internet age, how we communicate, how it’s mediated,” he explained.

“Can you find true love versus postmodernism and the social media and all these kind of things? So it’s a similar thing, what it’s about.”

The 1975’s new album Being Funny in a Foreign Language is out 14 October 2022.

Matty Healy covers the August/September 2022 issue of Rolling Stone UK. Buy it online here. On UK newsstands now.