The 1975 tease new album with pink artwork and new ‘identity’

The band's future was recently subject to speculation following cryptic social media posts

The 1975 have teased what appears to be the artwork for their second album, following recent speculation that the band were to split.

Over the weekend, the group’s frontman Matthew Healy took to Twitter to post a cryptic comic strip that appeared to suggest the band were either splitting up, going on hiatus or returning under a different guise. The cartoon appeared to depict ‘old Matty’ silencing a character dubbed ‘Pink (new Matty)’ alongside an enigmatic statement: “Our projected identity must change not only visually but philosophically – how do you do that?” the cartoon read. “Firstly we must reclaim our identity & repossess our control of it… Until then there won’t be any pop music or dancing with long hair.”

Having later deleted their social media profiles, the band have now reemerged posting a possible album cover that features a newly designed pink neon installation of their logo. Healy has also posted a plain pink image to Twitter. See both posts below.

Healy previously hinted at the band’s second album by posting a blurred photo on Instagram of an iTunes playlist called ‘The 1975-2’. The caption of the photo was ‘2’. Healy later clarified that although the band’s second LP will not be named ‘2’, it will be released next year.

The 1975 released their self-titled debut album in 2013. Last year they were named as the hardest working band of 2014, beating competition from Jake Bugg, Future Islands and Bombay Bicycle Club. Data from Songkick shows that the group beat all their competitors by playing more shows and covering more ground within the calendar year.