The 1975‘s Matty Healy recently discussed the aesthetic influence of Depeche Mode on his band.
Matt Healy talks about the matter
Speaking a new interview with Kyle Meredith on American radio station 91.9 WFPK, Meredith asked Healy directly whether the electro pioneers were an influence on their music videos, having noticed “little things” in their visuals that he had enjoyed in those of Depeche Mode.
“I think that Depeche Mode have aesthetically influenced The 1975 quite a lot, yeah,” replied Healy. “But there’s not many references in there to their stuff because honestly, I like them aesthetically more than I like them musically, not to [be like] ‘Shots fired,’ but I’m just saying to be honest.”
Healy also went into detail about his habit of writing songs that don’t have a chorus:
“It’s not until somebody points it out to me that I think, ‘Oh my God, it doesn’t have a traditional chorus’. It’s the same with [2013 single] ‘Sex’, it doesn’t have a traditional chorus, it just has this kind of resolve at the end.
“I think a lot of my favourite songs are like that – I’ve referenced ‘All My Friends’ by LCD Soundsystem openly throughout my career and there’s kind of like an attention, suspension going on the whole time, and then you get this resolve. Maybe that’s good enough for us, maybe we don’t actually need the chorus. We’ve been taught that the chorus is the Revelation but maybe it’s not.”
Meanwhile, it has been noted that Depeche Mode are set to release their 15th studio album, ‘Memento Mori’, in spring 2023. It is their first record since the death of founding member and keyboardist Andy Fletcher, who passed away in May at the age of 60.