After sparking internet rumours of their demise with a social media stunt, The 1975 are back – and hitting the road.
The Manchester band – frontman Matty Healy, guitarist Adam Hann, bassist Ross MacDonald and drummer George Daniel – spent months Tweeting about June 1.
And on the day itself, the band deleted all their social media accounts, sending fans into a frenzy about the end of the band.
A day later, they were back online and revealing plans for a new album and new tour, including shows in Doncaster and Sheffield.
Matty, aged 26, the son of actors Tim Healy and Denise Welch, says “The 1975 are currently in production of our second full-length record.
Its creation signifies the end of the most inspiring and challenging time we’ve ever shared as friends and as artists.
“We simply couldn’t have imagined connecting with as many people as we have since the release of our debut in 2013.
“We have toured the world playing more than 25,000 shows in 400 different countries – that’s a slight exaggeration but it was a lot – and we have had the privilege of encountering the countless faces that make up our incredibly loyal and ebulliently peculiar fan-base.
“This is the beginning of a new chapter for The 1975.”
The band formed as teenagers, playing a number of covers before starting to write songs themselves.
They released their first EP, Facedown, in 2012, quickly gaining attention and airplay on Radio 1.
Further EPs – Sex, Music for Cars and IV – followed in the next nine months as the band began to receive chart recognition, as second single Chocolate reached the top 20, with the follow-up, Sex, also making the top 40.
The band’s self-titled debut album, which also includes singles Settle Down and Robbers, was released in September 2013, and topped the UK charts, as well as achieving success in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the US.
Now they are back with their second album – whose name has not yet been officially released – due later this year.
Matty says: “Our new record signifies the start of a new world for us.”
“We want to play shows, we want a real shared experience, we want to play huge shows that we never thought were possible, we want to play sets at festivals that people talk about for ages because it was fun and it was music and the weather was perfect and we want to be honest, otherwise what’s the point?
“So the best way to start is the way we did before – in venues we have loved and places that feel intimate enough to do a proper new show. With people who really want to be there. Or need to be there in some extreme cases.
“Due to the size of the venues that we feel are appropriate for this particular tour and taking into consideration the humbling dedication I have felt from a lot of our fans, I predict only the most dedicated will end up with tickets.
“This can only be remedied by our reciprocated dedication to playing more and more shows.”
* The tour includes shows at Sheffield’s 02 Academy on Wednesday, November 11, and The Dome, Doncaster, the following day. Tickets, priced from £21, are now on sale from the1975.com/tour