It appears that The 1975’s Matt Healy has a little problem with 5 Seconds of Summer. According to recent reports, the frontman recently threw some major shade their way.
You would think 5SOS and The 1975 couldn’t be any more alike because they are two of the hottest young bands from overseas. They also both enjoy their share of female attention. But Matt Healy, the lead singer of The 1975, may have thrown some shade at his fellow Australian band.
When he was asked about the 5SOS fans in a recent interview with MTV, he said that he a lot of them transitioned over to them, but insisted that The 1975 aren’t “a faddy thing,” meaning a fad. That’s when Healy compared 5 Seconds of Summer to a boy band.
“One of the things that I love about The 1975 is now I’ve realized that we’re kind of this gateway band. Gateway bands used to exist, but they were normally sh***y — you know, bands that straddled between the truly alternative scene and the mainstream market. A soft, easy band for the kids to transition from the Backstreet Boys to f***in’ Cannibal Corpse or whatever it may be.
“With us, of course we’re gonna get a lot of kids who were into, I don’t know, 5 Seconds of Summer. And then they get inside and realize: I can stay here. I can grow with this band. This isn’t a faddy thing. This isn’t the Backstreet Boys. You’re not being told to like us.”
It sure sounds like Healy has thrown some major shade at 5SOS. Not only did he say that they are not going to last on the music scene, but he said that they are not the kind of band that you can grow up with and proceeded to compare them to the Backstreet Boys. Ouch. 5SOS fans know that they don’t love being compared to a boy band.
It doesn’t seem like 5 Seconds of Summer is at war with The 1975, so it’s unclear why Healy threw shade. Back in May, Ashton Irwin took to Twitter to praise the British band for opening the doors for up and coming bands, writing, “The 1975 have been so important for upcoming bands! So happy they exist, and are helping open the gateway for young bands.”
They addressed the boy band comparisons before in their interview with Rolling Stone, in which they posed nude on the cover of the magazine with just marker scrawled on their bodies as they cover up the important parts with their hands. In that infamous interview, 5 Seconds of Summer drummer Ashton Irwin addressed the problem with being called a boy band.
“Seventy-five percent of our lives is proving we’re a real band. We’re getting good at it now. We don’t want to just be, like, for girls. We want to be for everyone. That’s the great mission that we have. I’m already seeing a few male fans start to pop up, and that’s cool. If the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and all those guys can do it, we can do it, too.”
The guys underhandedly shaded their fans when they agreed that they didn’t “want to be for girls.” The Rolling Stone interview and cover trended on Twitter in December, 2015, but for all the wrong reasons. 5SOS fans weren’t happy with what the guys said about them in the interview.
These days, the young rockers want everyone to know that they have a lot of respect for their fans. Front man Calum Hood called the 5SOS fans “amazing,” according to the Press Party, and during an appearance on the Morning Show, he opened up more about their dedicated fandom.
“There’s a sense of respect from the fans.” When asked about returning home to their native country of Australia after their Sounds Live, Feels Live tour, Calum added, “It’s always good to come back home [and hear] a familiar accent.”
Meanwhile, 5SOS want you to vote for them in this year’s Teen Choice Awards, not because they are a boy band or that they wanted to be treated like one.
— 5 Seconds Of Summer (@5SOS) June 23, 2016
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