The 1975’s third album: Release date, tour dates and everything we know so far

It's coming in June

Buckle in, fans. Work on The 1975’s new album is well under way – in fact, they’re slap bang in the middle of making it. We’re excited – not just because we named their last album ‘I like it when you sleep…’ our best of 2016 – but because it looks set to be the record that cements their reputation as the defining pop band of the decade.

Here’s what we know about The 1975’s new album so far.

When is The 1975’s new album going to be released?

It’s going to be out in 2018, frontman Matty Healy says. In July he also teased a potential release date, 1st June. Though whether that is referencing the first single or album is yet to be seen.

Healy encouraged fans to visit the band’s official website with an Instagram post on May 1. Once on the site, a countdown clock appears, soundtracked by some breathing and ambient music. It appears to be counting down to June 1.

Fans have also discovered some images seemingly hidden amongst the band’s website (see below).

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On May 19, keen-eyed fans on Twitter reported that the lads were on-set filming a new music video. Screengrabs were taken from Dirty Hit worker Ed Blow’s Instagram, which showed the band’s logo and the date 19/5.

On that very same date, Matty Healy shared a pink-filtered snap of himself in makeup – possibly giving us an insight into the visuals of the upcoming single.

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Shortly after, a more revealing photo from the shoot started doing the rounds. A suited up Matty and co are shown performing on a mirrored stage, sporting a very My Chemical Romance-inspired look. That hair, eh.

The band shared new artwork to Twitter on May 8, showing the title “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships” and photos of VR headsets. See below.

Posters for the album have appeared in London and Manchester, as Dork report. The black signs feature the band name and album title, as well as the words “First, disobey; then look at your phones”.

Elsewhere, the poster reads “2018-2019 “MFC””, possibly referring to how long the ‘Music For Cars’ “era” will last. There is also a catalogue number (DH00327), the line “If I don’t get to see the beauty of the end of culture; then at least I’ve seen the culture of the end of reality”, and a quote from D.W. Griffith’s Birth Of A Nation – “Poetry is in the streets in full living colour”.

What is The 1975’s new album going to be called?

It’s going to be called ‘Music For Cars’. Speaking to NME in our recent interview, Healy explained why they’re reusing the name of one the band’s early EP for album three.

“‘Music For Cars’ was an EP named for our love for Brian Eno,” Healy said. “We’re using it as the album title now because of how meta and self-referential everything has become in the world of The 1975, and ‘Music For Cars’ was always my favourite title of everything we’d ever done, so it kinda made sense to wrap it up that way.”

Have we seen the artwork for The 1975’s new album?

Not yet. Though it’s entirely possible that the band continue reworking the aesthetic and artwork that were used on debut album, ‘The 1975’ and ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’. See both of those artworks below.

What songs will feature on The 1975’s new album?

The tracklist hasn’t been announced, but via his Instagram, Matty has been teasing a couple of the songs – one of which is called ‘jesus christ 2005 god bless america’.

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The post also said that the current framework for the album is 2 hours and 13 minutes long, but the caption reads “need to start editing”. Speaking to NME, he elaborated on it. “There’s an insane amount of ideas on the table, but that’s just kind of how we work. We’ve always been like magpies. We’re millennials – we don’t have the attention span.”

Have we heard any songs from The 1975’s new album?

We currently haven’t heard any of the songs from The 1975’s ‘Music For Cars’, but manager Jamie Oborne recently hinted that new music could be with us soon. After a fan tweeted a picture of a lightning bolt racing across a pink sunset sky that emulated the band’s neon artwork and captioned it, “Evening, the iliwys era is still here”, Oborne replied: “Yes, for a few more days…”

Now, the band have posted a new image to their social media accounts that mirrors the ‘Music For Cars’ posters that were spotted in London and Manchester. Where the album title is on the other posters, this one reads: “A brief inquiry into online relationships.” There is another catalogue number present too, this time reading DH00325. The main body of the poster, meanwhile, is comprised of what could be lyrics, including lines like “It’s captured our collective stare/A constant daze at bygone days/Seduced by programmed time delays” and “The left and right grow more apart but you can just click ‘add to cart’.” Could this be the first single from the new album?

What will The 1975’s new album sound like?

‘Music For Cars’ has long been referred to by the band as the final instalment in a trilogy of albums. “Our first three albums are the story of a person; it’s always kind of been my story. It spanned adolescence to maturity, success and trying to mediate the two, and the third one is where we are now,” Healy told NME.

“I haven’t really decided the statement of where we are now yet. It’s sort of difficult to understand the present,” he added.

He also revealed that he’s “not really in a good headspace” while writing the album, but maybe that’s not something worry about. “I wasn’t [in a good headspace] in the last one and I wasn’t in the one before it. My creative pursuit doesn’t elicit much happiness because a lot of the time it’s about the darker side of me. That’s the way it should be, if you’re really challenging yourself. But yeah, it’s f**king torture.”

Healy also revealed that the pressure is on for album three, and told NME, “it has to be the best thing we’ve ever done.” In March 2017 he said that they need to reach the heights of The Smiths and Radiohead’s finest hours. “If you look at third albums, ‘OK Computer’ or ‘The Queen Is Dead’, that’s what we need to do,” he said.

Are The 1975 on tour?

Currently no, but manager Jamie Oborne has hinted they will announce new tour dates in August. He’s also confirmed there will be no intimate warm-up shows, as the band “want the first shows to be the biggest live spectacle in the world.” The 1975 will return to playing live in the UK.

On stage at Latitude last year, Healy told the crowd the band would next be on tour in October 2018.

And they’ve deleted their social media accounts?

Yes, eagle-eyed fans will have noticed that the band have deleted/deactivated their official Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter. The individual members have got rid of their Twitter accounts too.

This follows a new poster that recently surfaced about a “brief inquiry into online relationships”. See that below.