After last year’s acclaimed event featured the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Queens Of The Stone Age, Jack White, Nine Inch Nails, Dua Lipa, Depeche Mode, Pearl Jam and many more, the 2019 edition of the Madrid bash has now announced The National and The 1975 as the first acts to top the bill – with plenty more acts to be announced in the months ahead.
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This month, The 1975 will drop their hotly-anticipated third album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships‘, before the follow-up ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ will arrive next year as the latter part of their ‘Music For Cars’ era.
“It’s a myth that people make music to be happy,” frontman Matty Healy told NME of his current outlook. “Like, what’s even the point in happiness? It doesn’t serve anything you know? A good analogy is people working in the early days of radioactive material, exposing themselves to lethal levels of radiation in order to achieve a goal. Happiness isn’t involved in it.
“My creative pursuit doesn’t elicit that much happiness because a lot of the time it’s about the darker side of me. And that’s not a depressing thought, I think a lot of the time that’s the way it should be, if you’re really really challenging yourself. But yeah, it’s fucking torture.”
Having released the acclaimed ‘Sleep Well Beast‘ in 2017, The National revealed to NME earlier this summer that they were “beyond the halfway point” with progress on their next album – driven by a certain “looseness” and “an energy that’s evaded us in the past”, said guitarist Bryce Dessner.
Drummer Bryan Devendorf described their next effort as a “departure record”.
“It’s going to be more than just a record,” he said. “The other material that’s accompanying it is basically inspiring the record. It’s a collaborative project. I’ve said too much already…It’s not a big deal, it’s just different to everything else we’ve done. There’s a new element to it. That’s why Matt is rewriting everything.”
Speaking of his lyrical inspiration, frontman Matt Berninger told NME: “A lot of what I’ve been doing recently is a combination of writing really personal songs, alongside songs that are supposed to serve a purpose other than being just a National song or personal confession or an observation of self or the moment.”