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The 1975 debut new song ‘I’m in Love With You’ at Summer Sonic 2022

The group's first shows since March 2020 also saw them play 'Happiness' and 'Tonight (I Wish I Was Your Boy)' for the first time

By Tom Skinner

The members of The 1975 pose inside a house in a black-and-white photograph
The 1975, 2022. (Photo: Jordan Curtis Hughes)

The 1975 debuted a new track called ‘I’m in Love With You’ during their show in Chiba, Japan on Saturday (August 20) – check out the footage below.

The Manchester band played two gigs over the weekend as part of Summer Sonic 2022, marking their first live appearances since March 2020.

As part of their first slot, The 1975 treated the crowd to an 18-song set consisting of hits including ‘Love Me’, ‘Chocolate’, ‘A Change of Heart’ and ‘The Sound’. They also premiered an as-yet-unreleased cut from their upcoming fifth album Being Funny in a Foreign Language.

‘I’m in Love With You’ appeared mid-way through the concert, with Matty Healy and co. also giving recent single ‘Happiness’ its first live outing.

Yesterday (August 21), The 1975 played the Osaka edition of Summer Sonic 2022, where they gave ‘Tonight (I Wish I Was Your Boy)’ – from their 2020 album Notes on a Conditional Form – its live debut.

You can see footage from the gigs here:

The group didn’t perform their comeback single ‘Part of the Band’ at either Summer Sonic set.

Speaking about the feel of The 1975’s new live show in a recent social media clip, frontman Healy explained: “It’s the old show but with no colour. There’s kind of like a quiet resignation to the show — going back to black and white and kind of like removing all that aesthetic optimism from the show, but it still feels cool. It feels quite tough, but not macho.”

The band are due to headline Reading & Leeds 2022 this weekend, having replaced Rage Against The Machine on the line-up for the dual festival.

The 1975 will release Being Funny in a Foreign Language on October 14 via Dirty Hit.

In Rolling Stone UK’s current cover story, Matty Healy discussed embracing ideals and being more earnest on the band’s upcoming album.

“This record definitely takes those ideas and says, ‘Well, nihilism in your 20s is very sexy, and very cool and well done, and maybe appropriate,’” he said. “As you get a little bit older, those postmodern, exciting ideas have to — do — start making way for more traditional values, which aren’t that sexy, which aren’t that hip-shaking. They’re responsibility, adulthood, these kinds of ideas.

“What I’m asking on this record in the context of love is, can you find true love, versus all of this irony, all of this postmodernism, all of this… I don’t want to say neoliberalism but versus the internet, versus technology?”

He continued: “Can we find true love in a way that we were culturally in pursuit of at the beginning of the 20th century?” Well, can we find true love now? “I don’t know. It’s really hard.”