The album title takes longer to say than the album will take to listen to
Alexandra Pollard

09:53 5th November 2015

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The 1975 have announced a handful of UK tour dates for 2016, including three nights at London's Brixton Academy - as well as the rather bizarre name of their second album. See details below.

After the success of their self-titled debut album in 2013, the band have been biding their time by flying under the radar over the past year or so. Last month though, they returned with the video for new, funk-laced single 'Love Me'.

Watch the video for 'Love Me' below

They'll be kicking off a UK tour next week, but they've just announced details of another UK stint of shows for March of next year.

The band will be playing three nights at London's Brixton Academy, three nights at Manchester Apollo, two in Glasgow and one in Birmingham. Tickets go on sale next Friday (13 November) at 9am. For tickets and more information, visit here

Monday 7 – London – O2 Brixton Academy
Tuesday 8 – London – O2 Brixton Academy
Wednesday 9 – London – O2 Brixton Academy
Sunday 13 – Manchester – O2 Apollo
Monday 14 – Manchester – O2 Apollo
Tuesday 15 – Manchester – O2 Apollo
Friday 18 – Glasgow – O2 Academy
Saturday 19 – Glasgow – O2 Academy
Tuesday 22 – Birmingham – Barclaycard Arena

Meanwhile, the band have revealed that their second album will be called I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. Yep. It'll be out on 26 February, and will be available in a variety of formats, including a gatefold double heavyweight transparent pink vinyl.

If you can't wait till March, see The 1975's November tour dates below. For tickets and more information, visit here

Nov 09 - Su Montford Hall, Liverpool
Nov 10 - De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Nov 11 - Academy, Sheffield
Nov 12 - Dome, Doncaster
Nov 14 - Rock City, Nottingham
Nov 15 - Academy, Newcastle
Nov 17 - Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
Nov 18 - Bridlington Spa Centre, Bridlington
Nov 19 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Nov 20 - Pavilion, Plymouth
Nov 21 - Guildhall, Southampton
Nov 23 - Southend Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-On-Sea
Nov 24 - Eventim Apollo, London
Nov 26 - Brighton Centre, Brighton
Nov 27 - Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon
Nov 28 - Manchester Academy, Manchester

  • Keep the drama intact: "Now everybody's dead / And they're driving past my old school," sings Healy in 'Robbers', "He's got his gun, he's got his suit on / She says, 'Baby, you look so cool." Not exactly your typical pop-rock lyrical content. The video is equally dramatic, with Healy and his on-screen love interest gumming cocaine in a cinema before robbing a shop to fund their addiction. More gleefully melodramatic fare would be much appreciated.

  • Accept their pop sensibilities: "We're not a pop band," Matt Healy insists petulantly at the start of 'Girls'. It's a tongue-in-cheek nod to their reputation - but, one suspects, reflects how he genuinely feels. But, for all their monochromatic pretentions (most of which we are fully on board with), The 1975 are, at their core, a really great pop band. The sooner they embrace this, the better.

  • More ace music videos: 'Girls', as we said before, is a tongue-in-cheek parody of the way MTV-era bands were forced into perky, objectifying videos. It's enjoyable, but many of the rest, in black & white and with mysterious, engaging narratives, are like ambitious mini-movies.

  • More scuzzy guitars of 'The City': Though they're still unmistakably The 1975 - we wouldn't want them to abandon the lighter sound that broke them into the mainstream - the scuzzy, pulsing instrumental beneath 'The City' is a breath of fresh, gritty air.

  • Take the accent down a notch or two: We're not asking Matt Healy to refrain altogether from his distinctive yodelling, or the so-British-it's-almost-alien accent with which he sings, but perhaps he could do with taking it down a notch in order for the emotional punch of the songs to fully come through.

  • More like 'Menswear': With an opening that sounds like it's submerged underwater, and which is drawn out longer than most pop bands would dare, 'Menswear' eventually surfaces into a punchy, syncopated delight. More of this please.

  • A little more variety: Obviously, the light, jangly guitar hooks and funk-influenced melodies work excellently. They've gained The 1975 one of the most dedicated following of any band in recent years. But, if they're in it for the long haul (and we suspect they are), they're going to have to work out how to deviate more often from this formula. Lord knows they can - just visit their many early EPs. They love Radiohead as much as they love pop. Let's just hope this album shows off their every side.

  • Continue to draw from diverse influences: The band love Radiohead as much as they love Taylor Swift - and we'd like to see this unapologetically nonsensical taste range find its way, even more often, into their music.

  • Uphold but evolve the powerful aesthetic: The monochromatic vibe has probably run its course at this point. And, with the unveiling of their new pink artwork a few months back, we suspect The 1975 would agree. If they can evolve beyond the aesthetic of album one, while still upholding its starkness, they're destined for continued success.

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