Matty Healy says ‘Music For Cars’ era is The 1975’s ‘Gorillaz moment’

The era takes its name from an early EP by the band

Matty Healy has described The 1975‘s ‘Music For Cars’ era as their “Gorillaz moment” in a new interview.

The band had originally announced their third album would be called ‘Music For Cars’ – which is also the same name as their 2013 EP – stating that it would be the last record of The 1975’s “trilogy”. However, in May, they confirmed a change of plans – there would be no album named ‘Music For Cars’, with the moniker instead being adapted to the whole “era” of the next two records.

In a new interview with Vulture, Healy discussed why he felt an urgency to create at the moment. “Do you not feel really urgent right now? I’m such a drama queen. Everybody is living their own movie, everybody is the protagonist in the world. If you’re a writer, you want a great ending, right? I was obsessed: ‘I’m gonna do three records. We’ve got artwork for the third. That’s gonna be it.'”


He went on to say that he still had the artwork for what was planned to be the band’s “last” album, adding it was now “the artwork for both records” – meaning the imminent ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ and next year’s ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’.

Asked if the ‘Music For Cars’ era was still the end of the group, the frontman replied: “No! Surely not. It’s a semicolon. That’s longer than a comma, isn’t it? But shorter than a full stop?”

He continued: “Our Gorillaz moment. I sat myself down and said, ‘Okay, you haven’t told anyone this ending yet, so think about it. Are you willing to sacrifice the reason you get out of bed because you want a good ending at 28 years old?’ What I wanted to do was make a load of music. Since I made that decision, I’ve shat myself.”

The 1975 are set to release ‘A Brief Inquiry…’ on Friday (November 30). In a five-star review, NME said: “Healy had set out to describe his own experience, but in doing so has produced an artefact that sums up millennial life, a magpie pop masterpiece that could only be made right now and right here.”

The band will celebrate the record’s release with intimate shows in Kingston-upon-Thames (November 29) and Camden (December 4), before hitting the road for an arena tour in January. Remaining tickets are available to purchase here.


The 1975 will play:

January 2019

9 – Belfast, SSE Arena
10 – Dublin, 3Arena
12 – Glasgow, SSE Hydro
14 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
16 – Brighton, The Centre
18 – London, The O2
21 – Exeter, Westpoint
23 – Birmingham, Arena
24 – Manchester, Arena
25 – Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena