London: English musician Matt Healy of rock band The 1975 has lashed out at One Direction, saying the band lacks credibility.
"Oh, well... they're four guys who queued up outside an arena to sing in front of Simon Cowell. Do they really have any artistic credibility? That sounds like a mean thing to say, but it's a good question. Like, do they," Spin magazine quoted Healy as saying, reports mirror.co.uk.
He also opened up about a writing session that didn't go well with the group.
"They got me in, and they said 'We really like your band. Would you write a song for us?' They didn't seem to be actually that interested; they just wanted to play me this song that they said was really, really inspired by us," he said.
The song was "Change your ticket", which was reportedly influenced by The 1975's "Girls".
After hearing the song, Healy told the band: "Listen guys, fill your boots, the song doesn't sound that much like Girls. But the guitar and the whole vibe of it is a complete lift. So take the guitars off, and we're good. (IANS)