“‘A UK garage, sad, Burial kind of thing about social anxiety”
Speaking to Dazed, The 1975 frontman said that a track called ‘Frail State of Mind’, which will feature on the band’s 2019 record, is an exploration of social anxiety set against a UK garage backdrop.
The song, he said, is a”UK garage, sad, Burial kind of thing about social anxiety, you know, going out. I’m better at it happening, (at) me and you sitting down and having a conversation, than thinking about going to do the conversation. The social event’s normally always fine, but the build up to it, I hate it.”
He also spoke about another song on the album, ‘The Birthday Party’, which he described as being about the “interesting social minutiae of house parties.”
Healy said: “I was gonna do a song that was like, ‘What it was like to be at a house party at 20, 25, and 29’. But then I realised I don’t need to do it, I just need to do what it’s like now, because my career has been what it’s been like to be at a house party at 20, 25, and 29. I think (the album will) be similar in the way that Brief Inquiry can be quite deconstructed – there’s big, bombastic elements to it, but it’s a very stripped, pure version of The 1975.”
Elsewhere, Healy aired his concerns that fans and critics alike will see ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ and the forthcoming record as “intrinsically connected” when that wasn’t his initial aim.
“My only fear is that because I’ve put this umbrella over both albums, they’ll be perceived as intrinsically connected,” he said, adding, “But that was never my intention; I’m just making records. I’ve gotta always want to be making my masterpiece. Otherwise, what’s the point?”
Healy added that “one of my best lyrics ever” exists on the 2019 record.
NME this month gave The 1975’s new album a five-star review.
Dan Stubbs hailed the Manchester band’s third full-length record as the “millennial answer to ‘OK Computer.’”