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The 1975 did it. Right on time and just hours before June 1, the band has released their new single "Give Yourself a Try."
After weeks of teasing, the new song arrived Thursday afternoon as the band also appeared on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show, where frontman Matty Healy revealed plans to release not one but two new albums in the next 12 months.
First up is A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, which will arrive in October, followed by the band's fourth studio record, titled Notes on a Conditional Form, which is expected next May. There is no longer a project called Music For Cars, which had been the working title of the band's next full-length.
Along with the new music, the surprise news is sure to be a relief to many fans, who had been speculating about the band's future after Healy had previously suggested he had only anticipated to release a trio of albums.
"It’s always been called [the end of an era] and we were always going to do a trilogy of records," Healy said last April in an interview with Zane Lowe. "I’m not saying that after this record it’s the end of The 1975 but it’s definitely the end of an era."
Instead, the singer told Mac on Thursday his plans changed after the band started working on A Brief Inquiry, explaining: "The primary drive for why I make music—which is because it's kind of the only thing that makes me happy—kicked in at such a rate, I thought, 'Well, I'm not gonna stop doing The 1975 now. I'm not gonna do three albums. I'm gonna do loads of albums."
In an interview earlier this month with Zane Lowe, Healy noted the band had only begun working on the new record about six months ago. It's been one of Variance's 45 Albums to Watch for in 2018.
Hear "Give Yourself a Try" below.