The 1975 reveal meaning behind ‘I Like It When You Sleep…’ album title

The band's second album is released on February 26

The 1975 have revealed the meaning behind their new album title, ‘I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Aware Of It’.

The group’s second album is released on February 26. Its name previously appeared as a caption on one of frontman Matt Healy’s Instagram posts, long before the record was announced.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Healy explained the record’s title was “something I said to a girlfriend of mine at the time. Like all situations, I’m sure it wasn’t quite as poetic as it sounds.”

He continued: “We had gone from an unknown band to known about so we were being objectified and known about. We were kind of fearful of certain things, and we made the decision that the only thing that was going to remedy that was to make a record that was just about the truth and not about what we thought we should be saying. Because of that, I just decided early on that that was the name of the album for no other reason besides that I really liked it.”

“It’s the antithesis of an eponymous record, really,” added drummer George Daniel.


Healy also discussed parts of the new album that reference their 2012 self-titled debut. “I always used to love Easter eggs like in video games – the things that you find later on that you didn’t know were there,” he said. “That kind of started my love of subtext. When you have that, some people won’t notice it, and the people who do notice it, it really resonates with them.”

In their recent NME cover feature, Healy opened up about his suspicion of famous people and their “squads” of similarly well-known friends, saying he prefers making music to posing for photographs.

“I see all these celebrities all kind of hanging out with one another and I’m very suspicious of whether they’re actually friends or not,” he says. “As soon as famous people of my generation get near each other – you know who I’m talking about, your Cara Delevigne and Kylie Jenner people – they’re all a tight group and I don’t really know what they represent. People just want to be in photographs with people. ‘Squad goals’. The phrase makes me die.”

Healy added: “I’m a musician, not a socialite who ended up in a band. That is my love: music as a form. I’m not doing it because I wanna, I don’t know, shag birds or be famous. I’m doing it because it really turns me on. When I have that moment on my own writing, when I get it, I equate it with a sexual desire, it’s like a carnal thing within me. It’s not about anybody else.”