The Next 1975 Album Begins With an Essay by a 16-Year-Old Climate Change Activist

"The 1975" is different from other album starters for the band

July 25, 2019

The 1975’s oft-teased next album starts with a change-up. Track #1 is still called “The 1975” like it is on the British band’s first three albums, but it’s not an instrumental like before. Instead, 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg reads an earnest essay over a quiet backdrop.

“We must acknowledge that we do not have the situation under control and that we don’t have all the solutions yet,” the Swedish teen pleads before ending on a more direct note. “So, everyone out there, it is now time for civil disobedience. It is time to rebel.”

Thunberg asked that proceeds from the track go to Extinction Rebellion.

“I’m grateful to get the opportunity to get my message out to a broad new audience in a new way,” she said in a statement.

The new “The 1975” is our first taste of the forthcoming album Notes on a Conditional Form. No release date has been announced, but August 17th could be significant - perhaps for the debut of the first single. Earlier this month, a Google search for "The 1975" delivered the result: Saturday, August 17, 2019. See a screenshot here.