The 1975's 3rd Album: Release Date, Tracklist, Rumours And Everything We Know So Far
13 March 2018, 10:49
As Matty and the boys enter the studio, what can we expect from their new music?
The 1975's second album campaign came to an end last summer as they headlined Latitude Festival in the UK, wrapping up nearly 2 years of touring and promo.
So, what's next for Matty and the boys? And when might we get to hear some new music? We've rounded up all the info we know so far about what to expect next from The 1975.
1) What Is The Title Of The 1975's Third Album?
Music For Cars - The Album— matty (@Truman_Black) February 11, 2017
Matty has been written on social media that Music For Cars, previously used as the title of a 2013 EP, may also form the title of the band's third full-length effort. Are there unheard songs from that time period. Or, just maybe, is Matty f*cking with us all? Either way, if his aim was to get us all talking, it certainly worked.
As the I Like It When You Sleep... era officially came to an end, Matty hinted at the future during the band's final tour date, headlining the main stage on Friday night of England's Latitude Festival:
"We had an album called I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It. That album became an era and tonight is the end of that era. But it's the start of a new era... called Music for Cars."
The band's official Twitter account later posted a short video showing the lights going out on their iconic album cover logo and confirming that Music For Cars will follow in 2018:
And now, we wait...
2) When Will The 1975's Third Album Be Released?
So this is kind of a tricky one.
According to a tweet on Christmas Eve, The 1975's new album will arrive on June 1st, 2018.
1st June - The 1975— matty (@Truman_Black) 24 December 2017
But then, Matty always loves to tweet that particular date doesn't he? Probably a red herring...
Then, The Guardian appeared to accidentally reveal that the album is coming on April 27th.
Legit or nah? We'll find out in a couple of months.
Matty spoke to Dork Magazine in December about scheduling and the exact timing of new tunes:
"We've met so many artists, who we’re not necessarily going to be working with, but it’s been a very inspiring time for us. I just know we'll definitely put out a single next year, or an EP which will lead up to the album, which I reckon will come out early summer 2018. It'll be really sad but it’ll change the world 'cause it'll be fucking sick. You take what's amazing about the previous record and you distill it and you refine it and extend it and you build on it, that's always our idea."
Also, manager Jamie Oborne tweeted in March to expect live dates this October:
Something will be happening in October live wise. X https://t.co/juQkBil5GR— Jamie Oborne (@jamieoborne) March 13, 2018
Surely new music will be arriving in time for those then?
3) What Is The Tracklist Of The 1975's Third Album?
Obviously we won't know the full tracklist until nearer the release date but Matty has tweeted out the names of a couple of completed songs set for the album - 'It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)' and 'I Always Wanna Die, Sometimes'.
Plus, the band appear to have registered the names of two further songs with the ASCAP database - 'More Than You' and 'Make It Happen'.
The 1975 have registered two new song titles on the @ASCAP database— The 1975 Updates (@The1975_Tour) January 10, 2018
More Than You
Make It Happen
This is the database which makes sure a royalties are properly paid so it's pretty official.
So points to new music on the way and possible song titles. #the1975
4) What Will The 1975's Third Album Be About?
In Q magazine back in May, Matty also confirmed that, in terms of subject matter, the band will veer into more "socially informed and kind-of politically motivated pop music". He was one of the few popstars who actually spoke out around Trump's election and the Brexit vote, making his position perfectly clear with regular speeches to the audience at shows, encouraging them to be more proactive. And, judging by the words in his recent acceptance speech at The Brit Awards, the band are set to follow Katy Perry down the path of "purposeful pop". Whether that will be in the form of a direct protest song or just some references and themes will be revealed in time. But, given how lyrically pointed the dissection of fame was on their second record, we can assume that they will have a lot of direct targets to address next time around.
Plus, Matty Healy chatted to the NME recently as part of a cover story alongside Heather Baron-Gracie of Pale Waves, where he revealed it will be the third part of a trilogy linking all the albums together, revealing a full story of one person ("It's always kind of been my story. It spanned adolescene to maturity, success and trying to mediate the two, and the third one is where we are now").
Manager Jamie Oborne has also revealed that one song is about Matty's relationship with his fans, which is very nice to hear:
Here’s some info I can share.... There’s a song on MFC’s that’s about Matthews love of The 1975 fandom / fans. It’s one of the most emotional things I have ever heard. So much love...— Jamie Oborne (@jamieoborne) November 22, 2017
5) What Will The 1975's Third Album Sound Like?
The 1975 were the subject of a 10 page feature in the May edition of Q magazine, the chat confirming that the majority of the songs will be recorded in Matty's home studio and he has already written two songs that are "as good as anything" on their last record, alongside some classical and ambient tracks.
Plus, Jamie Oborne has said that it will, predictably, tick off a lot of different areas of pop culture and musical genres:
It’s sounds like the sum of all popular culture. The realisation of the modern ages impact on mankind. It gives me hope... https://t.co/PS4gUAYvhP— Jamie Oborne (@jamieoborne) February 2, 2018
Other than that, honestly, we've no idea! Look at the huge breadth of styles they've hit already - who knows where they might go next. Best to just keep an eye on studio videos like the one that revealed 'By Your Side' last November for any indication of what they are cooking up on their synths.
6) Will There Be Any Guests On The 1975's Third Album?
Matty has been teasing a collaboration with UK grime king Skepta for ages now, having become genuine mates IRL. They've apparently been hanging in the studio and even completed an early demo of a potential full track together.
Matty spilled on the style of their aimed track at the NME awards last month:
"We're going to do a tune together. We want to do like a 'West End Girls’' Pet Shop Boys [kind of thing]. Maybe start a band, just me and Skepta do a band. Well we're talking about it, so let’s see what happens."
No word on any other special guests yet but, if we could put in a request, we'd like to see this iconic duo finally team up.
Name a more iconic duo, we'll wait. pic.twitter.com/IB0fj9BvKH— PopBuzz (@popbuzz) February 16, 2017
7) Will There Be Any New Music Released Before The 1975's Third Album?
The band's setlist at Latitude contained a performance of the song '28' taken from their old pre-fame days when they were known as Drive Like A Do, with a rumoured side project album of those early songs said to also be soon on the way.
Meanwhile, Matty has also teased the prospect of a new EP entitled 'What A Shame':
What A Shame - The EP— matty (@Truman_Black) November 6, 2017
However, manager Jamie Oborne later tweeted that this EP has now expanded into an even BIGGER project!
It’s become a much bigger idea actually. Sorry for being vague. https://t.co/HxQbTZjQff— Jamie Oborne (@jamieoborne) February 28, 2018
No release date is known yet but hopefully we'll get at least one of those projects prior to the summer 2018 album release.
8) Are There Any More Clues Online About The 1975's Third Album?
You know Matty - he's all about the cryptic hints! Here's a few we have spotted so far:
Matty has tweeted a new image that looks like some kind of Christmas advert really.
< The 1975 pic.twitter.com/M734riwNSh— matty (@Truman_Black) November 20, 2017
Chanel eh? Wonder what that has to do with anything...
It's happening people - the boys have re-entered the studio to start recording work on Music For Cars.
MFC first studio session starts in a matter of days.... A band at the peak of their powers. Slightly terrified. Time to buckle up. Again..— Jamie Oborne (@jamieoborne) September 17, 2017
Buckle up everybody - looks like things are on schedule for the planned release date next June!
Matty posted a short clip to his Instagram story with fans on Twitter grabbing a quick screenshot - could this be a change of album title? Or a new song title?
Either way, it's good to know that they are still planning on aiming for a summer 2018 release date. Fingers crossed everything sticks to plan.
Well, this looks rather ominous.
Matty has posted a cryptic (and very fuzzy video) to his timeline: