The 1975 drops hint of fifth studio album

The 1975 could be returning to action next month

Posters spotted in the wild featuring a 7th July date. It follows a splurge of activity already today from The 1975, including returning social media accounts.

New profile pictures and a suggestion of a new blue, black and white aesthetic for their fifth album era.

Alongside a photo of Matty Healy which appeared earlier today on a revamped website, there’s no context for the date – but it could indicate when we’ll hear the first new material from the band’s fifth album, expected to land later this year.

Coming in tandem with 1st June, an important day in the mythology of the band – frontman Matty Healy came upon the band’s name alongside the date, scribbled in the notes of a book – fans have been hoping it would mark a comeback point, after months of inactivity following the deactivation of social accounts earlier this year.

On Wednesday, the band’s website was updated with a photo of Matty Healy, and a new sign-up form promising “album 5 news first”. Alongside that, the band’s profile pictures on their individual Instagram accounts have also changed.

Later on, the band changed their imagery on Spotify, and returned to both Twitter and Instagram.

News earlier this year broke that the band had been recording their 5th album, and less than subtle hints a video for a first track has been recorded.

The 1975 are due back in live action this August at Japan’s Summer Sonic. Online rumours from fans who have encountered Matty Healy ‘irl’ have suggested an October release for their new album, but nothing has been confirmed to date.

Back in April, the website DORK, keeping careful tabs on Instagram stories, reported that the band were probably filming a video in Kent. Also in April, the 1975’s manager Jamie Oborne tweeted, “New album is the realest.”

Since Notes On A Conditional Form, the 1975 have collaborated with No Rome and Charli XCX on the single “Spinning,” and Matty Healy and George Daniel have produced beabadoobee’s Our Extended Play EP. Last October, Matty Healy played a surprise solo-acoustic set in Los Angeles, opening for Phoebe Bridgers, the artist who’d been scheduled to open the 1975’s cancelled 2020 tour. At that show, Healy debuted two new songs.

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