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The 1975 are working on new music in the studio

A to-do list reveals that the band are in the process of making a "great record"

By Tom Skinner

Matty Healy in The 1975's video for 'If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)'
The 1975 - 'If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)' official video. CREDIT: Press/Still

The 1975 appear to be in the studio at work on upcoming new material.

Yesterday (January 4), the Manchester band’s frontman Matty Healy took to Instagram to share a one-minute black-and-white video titled “Part 5, Day 1”.

The clip begins with the singer playing an acoustic guitar, with drums and piano also heard in the background. Later, the camera pans out to reveal what looks like a large studio space. Earlier today (January 5), Healy uploaded an image of the same setting. “Day 2,” he wrote as the caption.

Elsewhere, Jamie Oborne – The 1975‘s manager and Dirty Hit boss – shared a photo of a studio whiteboard that reads: “To Do: 1.) Make great record.” You can see the posts below.

Healy and co. released their latest full-length, ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’, in May 2020. It followed on from 2018’s ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’, the BRIT Awards’ Album Of The Year for 2019.

Last August, Healy told fans on Instagram that he was “making another ‘classic record’”. Then in October, he played two new songs – including one called ‘New York’ – while opening for Phoebe Bridgers at her show in Los Angeles. 

Healy said in February that he was focused on creating something new for his Drive Like I Do side project, which the singer previously described as “separate entity” to The 1975. “Finishing DLID today,” he wrote at the time. “It’s not a full album you guys r crazy.”

New material from Drive Like I Do is yet to emerge.

The 1975 last performed live in early March 2020, shortly before the coronavirus forced the cancellation of shows worldwide.

Ahead of live music events returning in July, Matty Healy accused the UK government of neglecting the arts throughout the ongoing health crisis.

“It’s just not being treated as important and I just feel I’m somebody who knows it is important,” he told LBC in June.

“I’m there on the frontline and the amount of young people who talk to me on a daily basis and express how important it is to have this outlet is – it’s tragic to see that not treated with any kind of reverence.”

He also noted the importance of the arts in guiding fans through difficult times.

“I’m an artist and over the years I’ve had countless people send me letters and messages to say your music has helped me through this or that,” Healy said. “No more so have I had that during the pandemic and I think we can all agree is that one of, if not the main thing that has kept people sane, is entertainment.”