The 1975 are known for being a cryptic band, and the band's manager might have just shared a release date for their new EP, What A Shame. Really, though—it shouldn't be a surprise.
A fan asked Jamie Oborne on Twitter: “When can we expect the What A Shame ep.” And he responded with the most likely date any the 1975 fan would expect: “We are figuring out best plan now. The only date we have mentioned is June 1st. Xx.”
We are figuring out best plan now. The only date we have mentioned is June 1st. Xx https://t.co/Izy1DSgxAh
— Jamie Oborne (@jamieoborne) January 15, 2018
1st June is the most important date for any fan of the 1975—whether the release date ends up being June 1 or not. (“What a shame” is a popular lyric from the band, too, popping up in the band's tracks “Love Me,” “Paris” and “The Ballad Of Me & My Brain.”)
Earlier this year, frontman Matty Healy teased the EPs release ahead of their third album. But with a possible June 1 release date, that would put the EP behind the release of the predicted release date of the band's new album, which has an April 27 release date, according to The Guardian.
So what exactly is the timeline? We're not sure. But we're ready for any surprises to come our way—as they do.
Last week, the band appeared to have registered two new song titles on the ASCAP database: “More Than You” and “Make It Happen.”
Of course, fans pointed out that “More Than You” is actually a lyric from their song “You,” so is this officially something new? Considering it's the official ASCAP database, we'd like to think so.
The 1975 have registered two new song titles on the @ASCAP database
More Than You
Make It Happen
This is the database which makes sure a royalties are properly paid so it's pretty official.
So points to new music on the way and possible song titles. #the1975
— The 1975 Updates (@The1975_Tour) January 10, 2018
Some fans also pointed out that there are Drive Like I Do and B I G S L E E P songs included on their ASCAP database page, including “Ghosts,” “The Go,” “Wolves,” and “28.” But, as the update account explains, as far as we know, these weren't Drive Like I Do tracks. (Drive Like I Do and B I G S L E E P being the 1975's old band names.)
So should we believe the hype around the April 27 release? We're not sure… But we'll be waiting to see what happens, that is for sure.
The band officially announced their third album last April, but even that caused confusion for fans. Music For Cars is the same title as the band's third EP, which was released in March 2013 and featured “Anobrain,” “Chocolate,” “HNSCC,” “Head.Cars.Bending” and “Me,” but it only made sense to make it an album title too, as Healy explains.
“We’re using it as the album title now because of how meta and self-referential everything has become in the world of The 1975, and Music For Cars was always my favorite title of everything we’d ever done, so it kinda made sense to wrap it up that way,” Healy said of the title.
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And back in October, without a proper announcement, the band released what one might assume to be a new song, “Milk,” which fans know is not a new song—but a remastered version of the track that has been hidden in their song “You.”
So does this mean the band will be continuing to share these blasts from the past with their newest record? We’re not sure. But Healy has said previously that this record will be the end of an era for the band: “It’s always been called that and we were always going to do a trilogy of records. I’m not saying that after this record it’s the end of The 1975 but it’s definitely the end of an era.”
So what does this all mean? We're not totally sure. There's a lot happening, and whatever the 1975 have coming, we’re ready for the ride. Healy previously discussed the return of Drive Like I Do, with a record set for release “during spring time in the coming few years.”
The band’s second album, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, dropped in February 2016. And at the end of last year, the band surprise released their new live album DH00278.
How stoked are you for Music For Cars? Let us know in the comments below!