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The 1975’s Matt Healy ranks the world’s five finest restaurants

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Roger Deckker

By Isaac Feldberg

Globe Correspondent

In 2014, English pop-rock quartet the 1975 was ranked by Songkick as the world’s hardest-working band after playing 195 shows across 29 countries. And since the release of its acclaimed sophomore record, “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It,” the quartet has taken that moniker to heart, traveling relentlessly on a globetrotting tour that includes a stop at Lowell’s Tsongas Center next Wednesday.

By now, the members have become pros at finding ways to tolerate the lifestyle. "We take solace in our relationships with one another," explains frontman Matt Healy in a telephone interview. "Touring for us is very much traveling around with an extended family, which is on an emotional level a lot easier to deal with."

Another coping mechanism, it turns out, is hitting as many restaurants in as many different countries as possible. Healy was thrilled to count off his five favorites.

5. Feathers Inn, Hedley on the Hill, Northumberland, England "It's in the village where I grew up, but I don't just love it for nostalgia — it got voted the best pub in the country a few years ago. You can only fit about 20 people inside at a time, but they make the most amazing food. There's this dish that's just black pudding and mashed potatoes, which is to this day my favorite dish out of anywhere."

4. Fiskebaren, Copenhagen "We love Scandinavia as a band. We draw a lot of parallels from its design, in art or music or furniture or fashion, and we look a lot to them. And if you like seafood, Fiskebaren is one of those amazing restaurants that's adventurous but also clean and edible."


3. Petit Delice, Wilmslow, Cheshire, England "It's a franchise of French cafes in the UK. You buy the name, then run it how you want, so essentially there are really good ones and really [expletive] ones, right? Not just like Subway, where they're all [expletive.] Where we're all from, there's a Petit Delice that did the most amazing French food ever. From the ages of 17 to 23, when we were trying to get signed, we'd eat at this place every day. Retrospectively we're a bit annoyed they never gave us anything free, because I'm not exaggerating how much we ate there."


2. Oi Asian Fusion, Canoga Park, Calif. "We were making our album in the Valley, because we didn't want to be in Hollywood. That was just asking for trouble. And we found this food spot and started to get popular in there, because everyone knew we were making a record. They do this thing called umami gravy that's absolutely wild. It's the best Asian food in California."

1. New York Bar and Grill, Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan "Our agent took us there our first time in Japan. To be honest, mate, I've never eaten anything like their Kobe beef in my life. I'm just a bit obsessed with a good steak. It's also where they shot 'Lost in Translation,' one of my favorite movies ever."