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New Order's Peter Hook praises The 1975: 'They've improved so much'

New Order star Peter Hook has lavished praise on The 1975, with the Brit as picking the group as one of his top tips for 2017.

Speaking to The Guardian, the musician said he has known frontman Matt Healy since he was a child because they hail from the same area. He added that the group have improved strongly over the years.

He said: "I'm looking forward to seeing what the 1975 do next. I’ve known Matt Healy since he was 12, because he’s from near me. I know his mother, Denise Welch, and the 1975 won the Wilmslow High School talent competition the year before I judged it.

"It was interesting watching him grow up because every time I was at a do where his mum was he’d be there and come over to talk. He’s a massive Joy Division fan. My daughter put the first 1975 album on my iPod without telling me who it was, and I got quite into it. Then I saw them recently at the Manchester arena, in front of 20,000 people, and they’ve improved so much.

"Their songs are quite radical because they don’t have breaks or changes, just grooves. At the arena, I was struck by how much their music reminded me of Brian Eno’s soundscapes – he’s made some of my favourite records – but with guitar and vocals. Afterwards I asked Matt: 'Have you been listening to Eno, by any chance?' He said: 'All the f*ckin’ time, Hooky'."

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