With the promise of a comeback looming over us for the past while, The 1975 have finally returned.
The band has announced their forthcoming album, the very 21st-century titled A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is on the way, dropping the record’s first single “Give Yourself A Try” today, along with the accompanying music video. Check out the new track below.
The Diane Martel-directed music video opens with a therapy session that splits between clips of The 1975 performing in a mirrored room.
“Give Yourself a Try” is a thrilling first single with serious Strokes vibes, focused on a twisting guitar riff and skittering drum beats, with lead singer Matt Healy’s serene voice giving the tune a touch of softness. The song’s lyrics muse on the idea aging and a change in identity: “And what would you say to your younger self? / Growing a beard’s quite hard, and whiskey never starts to taste nice / And you’ll make a lot of money, and it’s funny / Cause you’ll move somewhere sunny and get addicted to drugs / And spend obscene amounts on fucking seeds and beans online.” It’s a relatable rock song that focuses on easing up on the wild years of your 20s and finally starting to settle into growing up.
Although the band released a live album late last year, as well as a cover of Sade’s “By Your Side,” this new single marks The 1975’s first original song since 2016’s highly-acclaimed I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.
“Give Yourself A Try” sees the Manchester pop outfit pivot away from their sparkling, ’80s-inspired sophisti-pop of their second LP, opting for a pop sound that’s more grounded in their British indie roots. It’s the kind of song that feels like the band is signalling that something far greater is still yet to come.
The new track premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, during which frontman Healy revealed that the group’s hotly anticipated third studio album will debut in October, with a follow up—titled Notes on a Conditional Form—set for May 2019. That’s two full albums from The 1975 in the next 12 months.
A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships was originally supposed to be titled Music For Cars. But according to Healy in an interview with DIY Magazine, that changed over the course of the past year as with the world’s current political environment.
“You look at the Right, and the Right has got Nazis in it, so we put that in a box and we know that’s not a good place to go. And then you look at the Left and you’ve got this whole group of people who just won’t stand for any nuance,” said Healy. “So everyone’s scared. I’m scared. I think that people are scared to feel, and they don’t know what to say. So I think that going deeper is where this record’s come from.”
It’s clear that there’s a lot more of The 1975 to come, and “Give Yourself A Try” is just the beginning.