The 1975’s manager discusses band’s upcoming double release

The 1975 surprised fans last month when they announced plans to release not one, but two new studio albums between now and early 2019. While their longtime followers were grateful for the announcement, it makes some wonder how this decision was reached. During a recent interview with Music Week, Jamie Oborne —the band’s longtime manager— discussed how the decision to release two albums was accomplished.

“We’re doing things a little bit differently in this campaign,” Oborne begins. “Very early on, Matthew [Healy, frontman] noted that the promotional window on music is shorter than ever, and the time that people consume it is infinite. He felt very strongly that, if we have a tour cycle that’s going to last 18 months to two years, we have to release two records in the time that we would have previously have released one.”

Prior to the announcement, which came after months of cryptic teasing from the band, the group’s fans were just happy to finally get some new music. The fact that the four-piece decided to given them some extra new tunes was just an added bonus.

The two-album release comes more than a year after Healy unveiled the name and potential time frame for the new LP. During an interview in April of 2017 with Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 show, he told the DJ: “The next record’s called Music for Cars. That’s the title and it references our second EP or our third EP.”

While the original title for the forthcoming album was supposed to be Music for Cars, Healy decided to give the monkier to the band’s new era. The quartet’s third studio album will be titled A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships while their fourth studio album will be titled Note on a Conditional Form.

According to Oborne, the 1975 will release a new song a month leading up to the release of A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships. The impending release is slated to be debut some time during the fourth quarter of this year. The third studio album’s release will coincide with the group’s live return in January. While A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships should be released some time this year, Note on a Conditional Form will reportedly see a release time frame of spring 2019. Both albums will be released via Dirty Hit in conjunction with Polydor.

The 1975’s manager sounds off on new record, tour

It’s been months since fans to the 1975 have been given any kind of information pertaining to their much-anticipated third studio album. As of now, fans have only been told that it will be titled Music for Cars and that it will be released sometime in 2018. Late last month, the band’s longtime manager, Jaime Oborne, took to social media to drop some hints and answer some questions about the impending record and the touring that will revolve around the new release.

For fans who have had the opportunity to see the 1975 live, their shows are a dream of staging and lighting. According to Oborne, this time around, the band is going to push the envelope by  making this “the biggest live spectacle in the world.”

“No we want the first shows to be the biggest live spectacle in the world,” Oborne posted on Twitter much to the delight of excited fans. But like with life, with the good news comes the not-so-good news.

The major good news come in the form of Oborne telling fans that they should expect some major tour announcement to be made sometime in the summer. The not-so-good revelation came when Oborne revealed that the group’s United Kingdom fans would be the first to experience the “big spectacle” in all its glory.

“Yes will be UK to start,” he responded to a fan who asked if the group’s still-not-announced tour will kick off in their home country.

Like with most fans and music publications, the one question they wanted answered was when Music for Cars would be released. Sadly, Oborne was unable to answer that question because the new record is reportedly “not finished.” He followed it up by stating that fans will “get a lot in 2018.”

Music for Cars will be the follow-up to the 1975’s hit sophomore album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It which was released in 2016.

The 1975 to release ‘Music for Cars’ in 2018

Photo by Erica Dominguez

MIAMI, FL – MAY 11 – (Photo by Erica Dominguez) The 1975 performing at the Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront ParkWhen the 1975 announced a massive North American tour earlier this year, fans of the band began to speculate whether it meant that a new album would be on the horizon. Frontman Matt Healy further fueled the rumor mill fire when he tweeted, and deleted, a message that read “NOW I will retreat from the world to make Music For Cars.” Months after the message was posted on the internet, an official confirmation was made.

On Thursday (April 27), the 1975 officially announced that their third studio album would be titled Music for Cars. In a recent interview with Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 Radio show, Healy confirmed the new album’s name though an official release date was not given.  “The next record’s called ‘Music for Cars.’ That’s the title and it references our 2nd EP or our 3rd EP,” the singer unveiled during the chat. For fans who are wondering why the album’s name sounds familiar, all they have to do is take a look at the group’s discography. In 2013, they released their Music for Cars EP which featured tracks “Anobrain,” “HNSCC,” “Head.Cars.Bending,” “Me” and breakout single, “Chocolate.”

While Healy didn’t touch on the subject of when the first single will make its debut, it was revealed that the new record will see a 2018 release date. Until then, fans can continue to enjoy the last couple of months of the I Like It When You Sleep era while the band hit stages across North America. Tonight, the four-piece is scheduled to perform at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The remaining tour dates can be seen below.


April 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
April 30 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
May 01 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ PNE Forum
May 03 – Boise, ID @ CenturyLink Arena
May 05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Saltair
May 06 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
May 09 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
May 11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
May 12 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
May 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Ballroom
May 17 – St Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
May 19 – Lancaster, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater
May 22 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
May 23 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
May 25 – Ottawa, Ontario @ Richcraft Live @ Canadian Tire Centre
May 26 – Montréal, Québec @ Plaine des Jeux (Parc Jean Drapeau)
May 26-28 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival
May 28 – Glens Falls, NY @ Glens Falls Civic Center
May 30 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater
May 31 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater
June 01 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
June 03 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
June 02-04 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival