Fans of British jangle pop rejoice! The 1975 will return later this afternoon with their new single “Love Me,” which drops at approximately 4PM/PST.
How can we be so sure, you ask? Two weeks ago, the notoriously cryptic band posted a countdown on the splash page of their website teasing only that something big was on the horizon. Well, the short wait and speculation are both over.
— The 1975 (@the1975) October 5, 2015
Fans have only to wonder what this new offering will bring. Hints and social media theater tease that we’re in for something different. The past year has been somewhat of an emotional rollercoaster for fans of the 1975. Following a series of cryptic Instagram posts (all drenched in acerbic pink like production stills from Drive), the general consensus was that the indie pop juggernaut of “Chocolate” and “Girls” fame was working on the follow-up to their 2013 self-titled smash. Then, radio silence. The band shut down their social media accounts back in June, prompting many to think that they had suddenly called it quits. It didn’t help that their manager posted this enigmatic cartoon in conjunction with the blackout either:
— Jamie Oborne (@jamieoborne) May 31, 2015
As it turned out though, the move was only prep for the 1975 2.0. “Our projected identity must change not only visually but philosophically,” the above comic claims. The accounts were revived the following evening, complete with rebranded pink imagery a la their earlier teases along with the announcement of a new tour.
These recent stirrings from Matthew Healy and company seem to suggest that a new album is on the horizon although nothing has been officially announced yet. Before the blackout incident, however, the band hinted at a second album with a fuzzy image of “The 1975-2.” Healy later clarified it would not be named “2,” and could be expected sometime in 2016.
Be sure to check out the 1975 on their US Tour this Winter on the following dates:
Dec. 3 – Boston, MA (House of Blues)
Dec. 4 – New York, NY (Terminal 5)
Dec. 5 – Philadelphia, PA (The Fillmore Philadelphia)
Dec. 7 – Columbus, OH (LC Pavillion)
Dec. 8 – Chicago, IL (Riviera Theatre)
Dec. 10 – Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue)
Dec. 14 – Tempe, AZ (Marquee Theatre)
Dec. 15 – San Diego, CA (The North Park Theatre)
Dec. 16 – Los Angeles, CA (Club Nokia)
Dec. 17 – Oakland, CA (Fox Theater)
Dec. 19 – Portland, OR (Roseland Theater)
Dec. 20 – Seattle, WA (Showbox Sodo)