Buckle in, fans. New music from The 1975 is on the way and 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.
But that’s not all that’s in the works. Here’s everything we now about The 1975’s new album – and beyond – so far.
- Another new song to be released this week (September 13)
- Release date confirmed – November 30
- Tour dates announced
- Tracklist released
- Extra tour date added at London’s O2 Arena on January 19
When is The 1975’s new album going to be released?
The band’s third album was initially said to be out in October 2018. Not only that, but it will be followed seven months later by another album, due for release in May 2019.
However, a new poster has appeared at Reading and Leeds Festival (August 23) suggests that the first album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ will now be released on November 30.
Give Yourself A Try
How To Draw / Petrichor
Love It If We Made It
Be My Mistake
Sincerity Is Scary
I Like America & America Likes Me
The Man Who Married A Robot / Love Theme
Inside Your Mind
It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)
Surrounded By Heads And Bodies
I Couldn’t Be More In Love
I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)
What is The 1975’s new album going to be called?
The title is now ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’. The title of the second new record is, according to Healy, ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’, which is set to be released in May next year.
We thought the third album was going to be called ‘Music For Cars’. Healy even thought that himself for a while. “‘Music For Cars’ was an EP named for our love for Brian Eno,” he told us last year. “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.”
Are The 1975 going on tour?
Yep! Here’s the initial tour dates for their UK tour.
JAN 9TH Belfast SSE Arena
JAN 10TH Dublin 3Arena
JAN 12TH Glasgow SSE Hydro
JAN 14TH Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
JAN 16TH Brighton The Centre
JAN 18TH London The O2
JAN 21ST Exeter Westpoint
JAN 23rd Birmingham Arena
JAN 24TH Manchester Arena
JAN 25TH Sheffield FlyDSA Arena
Have we heard any songs from The 1975’s new album?
Yes – three songs so far. The first was single ‘Give Yourself A Try’ was dubbed by NME as a return to the band’s pop roots.
A second single, titled ‘Love It If We Made It’, was released on July 19.
Similarl to how they teased ‘Give Yourself A Try’, the band shared an image of the song’s lyrics in an Instagram post, quoting Trump in two places – “Immigration liberal kitsch/Kneeling on a pitch/‘I moved on her like a bitch!!’” and, later, with “Excited to be indicted/Unrequited/House with seven pools/Thank you Kanye, very cool.”
The track’s lyrics also include a shout-out for the late Lil Peep, with the line reading: “Rest in peace Lil Peep/The poetry is in the streets.” Read NME‘s full breakdown of the track’s lyrics here.
The 1975’s label Dirty Hit recentlyposted a tweet requesting fans to feature in one of the band’s music videos. The tweet reads: “We are looking for fans to take part in The 1975’s new music video. We’re filming in London on 21st July”. That was later revealed to be the video for ‘Love It If We Made It’.
The label asked eager fans to email their personal details and a little something about why they want to feature in the music video, before Matty Healy shared a photo of the cast post-filming.
The video in question was revealed earlier this month when ‘TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME’ dropped. Previously just available as a Spotify vertical video, the clip has now been uploaded to the band’s YouTube account.
Another new song has been confirmed to be on the way. ‘Sincerity Is Scary’ will be the next track to be taken from the upcoming album and will be unveiled on September 13.
The band shared a poster on Twitter that features the song’s lyrics, including lines like “You try and mask your pain in the most post-modern way” and “It’s just a self-referential way that stops you having to be human.”
What will The 1975’s new album sound like?
The new record has long been referred to by the band as the final instalment in a trilogy of albums – though Matt Healy has since revealed that that plan has been scrapped.“I was really lying to myself that the 1975 wasn’t my primary drive,” he offered by way of explanation in a recent interview with The Guardian.
“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.