The first single has been dropped for the band's new album, set to be released in October.
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.
When is The 1975’s new album going to be released?
The band’s third album will 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.
What is The 1975’s new album going to be called?
That 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.”
Have we heard any songs from The 1975’s new album?
Yes – ‘Give Yourself A Try.’ You can read NME’s verdict of the new track – a return to the band’s pop roots – here.
Give Yourself A Try, a song by The 1975 on Spotify
A second single, titled ‘Love It If We Made It’, is rumoured to be released next week on July 19, reports Dork.
Similarly to how they teased ‘Give Yourself A Try’, the band shared an image of what looks like the song’s lyrics in an Instagram post. As Pitchfork points out, they appear to quote Trump in two places: first, with “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 potential 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.“
The 1975’s label Dirty Hit have revealed that future singles are already in production through 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”.
The label wants eager fans to email their personal details and a little something about why they want to feature in the music video. Check out the full details below.
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.
The band also released a series of cryptic tweets in late May referring to the new album title ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’, using different photographs and artworks.
What songs will feature on The 1975’s new album?
The tracklist hasn’t been announced, so we only know about new single ‘Give Yourself A Try’. It’s the first track to be shared from the record.
On his Instagram, Matty has been teasing another couple of songs that could end up on the album – one of which is called ‘jesus christ 2005 god bless america’.
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.”
What will The 1975’s new album sound like?
The new record has long been referred to by the band as the final installment 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.
Did the band really delete their social media accounts?
Yes, eagle-eyed fans will have noticed that the band deleted/deactivated their official Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter for a while. The individual members have got rid of their Twitter accounts too