Being Funny in a Foreign Language , the 1975's fifth album, was born from reflection. After the band noticed that the new music they were working on felt like an extension of their last record, 2020's Notes on a Conditional Form , they stopped to reconsider. “That elicited a bit of a downer,” says band leader Matty Healy , “which then elicited loads of conversations that we just hadn't had in years.” They started to brainstorm: What is the 1975? What does the 1975 look like out of your peripheral vision? What would a 1975 Halloween costume be? “It's black and white. Let's admit that it's black and white,” Healy says. “And it's front man–centric. Not to put me at the front, but it is. It's poppy. And it's memorable songs.” Then there were Healy's personal reflections. The band's lyricist began writing the album during the first break from touring he had in nearly a decade, thanks to the pandemic, and while staying away from Twitter, where provocative statements could get him in trouble. With the time to think, he wrote some of the 1975's most mature songs, about his own relationships (including a recent split from FKA Twigs, which is alluded to multiple times on the record) and the culture at large. Yes, the cheeky lyrics about dicks and internet trends are still there — the band turned heads by announcing their return with the lyrics of “Part of the Band,” including a line about “vaccinista tote-bag-chic baristas.” […]
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