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The 1975 makes big announcement with the unveiling of their new single

Ah… so that’s what’s been going in with the 1975

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So there’s good news and bad news. The long-awaited moment is here (well, sort of). The 1975 appeared on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show last Thursday and graced us with their first piece of new music since 2016’s I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.

Enter: “Give Yourself A Try.” They also revealed another important bit of information: their new album, previously thought to be released June 1st, will be released in October of this year with a follow-up coming May of 2019. The new album, previously thought to be called Music for Cars, is actually entitled, you guessed it, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. While we’re bummed that we don’t get more new music quite yet, we’re pumped about the little preview they’ve given us with their new single. Hopefully it’ll hold us over until October.

“Give Yourself A Try” starts out with a quick and punchy guitar riff that immediately gets our ears buzzing with energy and drives the rest of the song. The single, like most of The 1975’s songs, is unbelievably honest. At the beginning, Healy tells us he’s about to impart some wisdom: “You learn a couple things when you get to my age.” He goes on to sing “You’re getting spiritually enlightened at 29.” Healy just turned 29 and he has said before that The 1975 is kind of like his diary, so we can expect the rest of this song to be personal.

He’s got a message for millennials like himself – you can’t be afraid to go outside and experience things. As the song’s title goes, you have to give yourself a try. Everyone experiences the trials and tribulations of growing up and even after we learn from them, we still don’t know what we’re doing half the time, but that’s okay. In the song he asks “’And what would you say to your younger self?’ / Growing a beard’s quite hard and whiskey never starts to taste nice.” He acknowledges that as much as we have figured out, we also don’t have anything figured out.

Those of you who have been following their website over the last few days also know that the single came accompanied with a video (yes, that countdown clock has been replaced with this). The video adds some perspective to the song, as it starts out in black and white with Healy lying on a couch smoking a cigarette and rattling off some seemingly existential ideas that don’t actually make much sense – but that’s kind of the point: we all try to sound like we know what we’re doing (or maybe we actually think we know what we’re doing), when really it’s just a bunch of gibberish that only makes sense in our heads.

When the song starts the video switches to color, and it seems that the band has a new color scheme in mind. Red is the dominant color. The lyrics of the song appear in red type on the screen and Healy’s hair is shaggy, straightened, and red (maybe orange?). In fact, for the majority of the video, red is the only color we see besides black, white, and gray. We see a bluish-purplish hue for a few seconds during a split screen in the background and some flowers blooming in color, but that’s it. And based on the context of the song, we can speculate that the flowers blooming represent how each of us grows into something unique as we get older.  I think we have a pretty good idea of their new branding.

So while we’ll have to wait a few more months for the full album, we’re glad that they treated us to both a new single AND a new music video to go with it. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t already and let us know what you think!

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