Matty Healy on how domesticity, mental health and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska’ are inspiring The 1975’s next album ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’

"I’d like it to be a moment-in-time record like a ‘Nebraska’.”

The 1975‘s Matty Healy has spoken of what to expect from the band’s ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ – revealing that it will be largely dealing with ‘mental health and domesticity’ and feel like ‘moment in time record like Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska’.

Having topped NME’s Albums Of The Year 2018 list with the acclaimed ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships‘, the band will follow it up with another album next year – with the first material from the record arriving as soon as March 2019. As it stands, the band have 24 tracks demoed and ‘a couple of quippy lyrics’.

Asked if it the next album would sound like the last, Healy told NME: “No, what I’ve realised is it’s never going to be a continuation or an association with ‘A Brief Inquiry’. It’s a completely different record. Six months now is the same as what three years was before.


“Think about the amount of shit that happens in six months’ time. It will be a different thing and a different time.”

He continued: “It’s very homely. It’s a lot about home, it’s a lot about mental health, it’s a lot about domesticity. We created ‘A Brief Inquiry’ in the domestic environment that this next record is about. There isn’t a ‘Love It If We Made It’ yet. There isn’t anything like that.”

As well as revealing that a lot of more “ambient” moments on the album will have “untranslatable titles”, Healy added that the sound was heading in a more ‘experimental’ direction. One track title will be ‘Playing On My Mind’ – featuring the opening lyrics: ‘Could I play Batman / Will I be a fat man?’

“When I was making the last record that wasn’t trying to make a particular thing,” Healy told NME, speaking of the pressure he feels to make another acclaimed album. “Of course, at times, I wanted to make [My Bloody Valentine’s]’ ‘Loveless’ of course, or at times I wanted to make ‘OK Computer’ – there were all these types of things. [Coltrane’s] ‘Blue Train’.

“On this record you can hear that at times I want to make my ‘Nebraska’ [Bruce Springsteen’s sparsest album] or I want to make my ‘Immunity’ by Jon Hopkins. I’d like it to be a moment-in-time record like a ‘Nebraska’.”


Healy has previously claimed that the album will be out by the time they heading Reading & Leeds Festival in August.

The 1975 | NME Album of the year 2018

Yesterday, Liam Fray responded to Healy’s comments that he “can’t understand why a lad their age wouldn’t be wanting to be in The Courteeners.

“Let’s talk about your NME interview,” wrote Fray on Twitter. “Against what most of you may think, I’ve always been a fan of [Matty Healy] of the 1975. They slogged their arsed off. Did everything right. Changed opinions. On ALL of the right things.

“To be appropriated in a way that I thought they were completely against, is staggering.”

Healy has also recently responded to comparisons between their new album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships‘ and Radiohead‘s classic ‘OK Computer’, while also teasing that they could headline Glastonbury festival in 2020.

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