The 1975 have deleted their social media accounts following a mysterious message posted online.
The band’s frontman Matthew Healy took to Twitter over the weekend to post a cryptic comic strip that appeared to suggest the band are either splitting up, going on hiatus or returning under a different guise.
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Now, however, the band and all its members have deleted their Twitter and Facebook accounts. The group’s manager later posted the original comic, offering no additional comment. See that below.
— Jamie Oborne (@jamieoborne) May 31, 2015
The cartoon appears 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 reads. “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.”
It continues: “The hardest part of any relationship is to say goodbye. As much as we might like things to stay the same, change is an inevitable part of life. We can’t simply go on forever – always staying the same, never evolving. So we must leave, with a parting ‘we love you’ – we are already gone.”
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.