On Friday The 1975 made their long-awaited return with new single ‘Part Of The Band’. It is the first release from their forthcoming new album ‘Being Funny In A Foreign Language’ which is set for arrival on the 14th of October.
A precursor to their fifth studio album, the Manchester band bring forth a song filled with bouncing double bass and prominent strings. All the while the signature frenetic ambient notes shapeshift in the background and saxophone is a welcome additional cameo. Lyrics take on a typical idiomatic and colloquial form yet offer crucial self-awareness to balance out the buzzwords that sell records.
Lead singer Matty Healy toys with the ideas of sexuality, drug abuse and perception of self. Toward the conclusion of the track, he laments ‘Am I ironically woke? The butt of my joke? Or am I just some post-coke, average, skinny bloke’. Lyricism like this has always been a constant in the 1975’s repertoire but now as the group have perhaps hinted at this being a twilight period, thoughts come from a more experienced, mature persuasion than that of their earlier eras.
Their re-emergence from creative isolation has been long awaited, as said. The previous album, ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’, became their fourth consecutive No.1 album in the UK, landing at No.1 in Australia too. Their third studio album, ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ also won ‘Mastercard British Album of the Year’ in 2019.
An ever-ardent fan base laps up anything these genre fusing artists manifest and excitement will truly swell at the news that the latest work sparks the 1975’s live comeback. The boys will be headlining Japan’s biggest rock festival Summer Sonic 2022, which takes place in Tokyo and Osaka on the 20th and 21st of August. These performances will be the first live shows since they performed in Dublin in March 2020.