Manchester art-pop quartet The 1975 have announced they will release their new single ‘Settle Down’ on February 24th, through Dirty Hit/Polydor.

Following their huge breakthrough success last year with a string of hits – ‘Chocolate’ (voted #1 Hottest Record of 2013 by Radio 1 listeners), ‘The City’, ‘Sex’ and ‘Girls’ – and a number one debut album, the band are set to continue their ascendancy throughout 2014.

Having sold out every UK gig put on sale to date, The 1975kicked off the year with three shows at Manchester Academy and three shows at Brixton Academy in early January. They follow this with dates in Australia and Japan before returning to the UK for another run of sold out gigs in February. Their show at the Royal Albert Hall on April 6th sold out in a matter of days.

The 1975’s eponymous album, which was released in September to much critical acclaim, was recorded in Liverpool’s Motor Museum, and produced by drummer George Daniel, frontman Matthew Healy and producer Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Foals). A collection of memories, overheard conversations, and snapshots in time, The 1975is a love letter to youth, played out in bold and brash Technicolor.

I used to have a reoccurring dream when I was younger. The narrative was loosely based, but the setting was always the surrounding areas of where my parents grew up. I think I was slightly obsessed with how certain, bleak areas of Northern England contained my history and the soul of my family, my psyche – I always felt connected and disconnected at the same time. Metaphorically and physically I would visit these places frequently as a youngster and in turn have used them as the setting to a lot of the stories in The 1975 – the North East was the visual setting to my formative years.

I suppose, like any narrative, the meaning and the connotations within the story are subjective. I’ve always been quite fascinated with the potency of same sex relationships, plutonic or otherwise. I was brought up in a very open minded environment, somewhere I felt that, whoever I was, I would be accepted. With this understanding I was also very aware of others, school friends, acquaintances – whom, due to where we lived, probably didn’t have such a comfortable place to grow up, we were unaffected and affected by taboos and the small minded at the same time. I’ve dreamt the story of these two boys on countless occasions – every time drawing a different conclusion on its meaning.

With ‘Settle Down’ I wanted to make a story about the extension of that dream, a video that explores love, a video that was as fantastical, consuming and limitless as the love we all chase and desire. Love as I have always imagined.

So upon meeting Nadia, who directed the video, I told her about my dream. We sat for hours looking through pictures and talking – it was decided in those moments. We were just to film my dream. The process of making this video was so intensely exciting for me as I was finally working through and figuring out exactly what this place, this story and these characters meant to me. I think now that I understand it. But I’m totally open to suggestions / interpretations. X