The 1975‘s frontman Matthew Healy has taken to Twitter to post a cryptic comic strip that appears to suggest the band are either splitting up or going on hiatus.
Posted without additional comment, the cartoon appears to depict “old Matty” silencing a character dubbed “Pink (new Matty)” alongside a mysterious statement.
“Our projected identity must change not only visually but philosophically – how do you do that?” the piece 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.
“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.”
— ?? (@Truman_Black) May 31, 2015
A break-up seems unlikely as just last January Healy hinted at the band’s second album by posting a blurred photo to Instagram of an iTunes playlist called ‘The 1975-2’. The caption of the photo was ‘2’. Healy later added that though their second LP will not be named ‘2’, it will be released next year.
The 1975 released their self-titled debut album in 2013 – 11 years after their formation. 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.