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The 1975's next LP could have a 'punk lyrical ethos'

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The 1975's next LP could have a 'punk lyrical ethos'

The 1975's next album may incorporate a "punk lyrical ethos" following the election of President Donald Trump.

The indie rock band's frontman Matt Healy feels he has a "responsibility" to his fans to write songs which challenge the current political climate and although his lyrics are usually about his personal life, he looks set to tackle politics knowing his next album will be released with Trump in power in America.

Speaking in an interview with NPR Music, the 27-year-old singer said: "My band is starting to become a very, very big band. A very important band to lots of young people who have just felt directly disenfranchised by this situation.

"We're talking about Brexit, we're talking about the Trump presidency. And the fact of the matter is, is that my responsibility was always artistic and it was kind of to myself. But now I know that my next record is going to come out within the Trump presidency. I think there's more of an expectancy for art to be more actively challenging what we see every day.

"And what would be interesting for me is to see how we incorporate that into the way that The 1975 works because The 1975 is kind of like my diary. I'm either really, really frank or it's kind of conversational. When it gets political, it's still all about me.

"So I don't yet know how I'd make a kind of a record with a punk lyrical ethos."

In June, the 'Love Me' hitmaker showed his political stance by pausing his band's Glastonbury set to bemoan Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

The rock star stopped before their performance of 'Loving Someone' to claim the country has expressed a "sentiment of anti-compassion" following the referendum vote on the issue, saying that it stood in direct contrast to their song.

Matt explained: "This song is about compassion, and loving people, and I feel like as a young person I've got a responsibility to say something.

"What do I know, I don't f**king know anything. I'm a pop star in a suit, but what I feel, and I know what a lot of people my age feel is that there's this sentiment of anti-compassion that's spread across an older generation and voted in a future that we don't f**king want."

The 1975's last album was this year's Mercury-nominated 'I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It'.