What’s black and white and… no longer black and white? That would be the 1975’s new aesthetic, which they busted out this week in prep for what appears to be the band’s next record.
Yup, it looks like the guys are going pink for their sophomore release — at least according to what appears to be a new album cover (an inverse of their first) shared Tuesday (June 2) by singer Matt Healy.
On Sunday, Healy threw us all into a tailspin when he took to Twitter and Instagram to make some sort of cryptic announcement. The musician posted a comic, which seemed to hint at the band’s breakup, with one cartoon woman saying to the other, “Did you hear about the 1975?” provoking the response, “I wanted that to last forever.”
The comic also featured a black figure lurking behind a pink, gagged figure — labeled, respectively, “Old Matty” and “New Matty,” and a blurry message reading: “Our projected identity must change not only visually but philosophically — how do you do that?…. 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.” Their social media accounts then went dark.
So, you could see how we’d all be fearing a breakup, right? Well, set your mind at ease — the only thing these guys seem to be breaking up with is the black and white aesthetic that they established when they release their self-titled debut record in 2013.
“Everything that we do is in black and white — and I suppose that’s partly stylistic, but I think it’s partly because this band is such a personal endeavor,” Healy told MTV at that time.
“I think we found a bit of solace in keeping everything black and white, because it keeps things quite detached from reality and kind of puts a boundary between us and what’s actually happening,” he added.
So, perhaps, the guys are ready to break through that boundary for their next release? We’ll keep an ear — and eye — out for the guys’ next move.