The 1975 band members, George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy and Ross MacDonald, pose for a portrait during the the 2014 Boston Calling Music Festival on Sept. 7, 2014, in Boston
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By Rishi Iyengar
June 1, 2015

Are the 1975 disbanding, or are they just setting the stage for a massive new album? Either way, the band’s recent actions have sent their rather sizeable fan base into quite a tizzy.

The British indie rockers deleted all their social-media accounts on Monday, according to themusic.com.au, about 24 hours after front man Matthew Healy posted a cryptic comic strip on Twitter and Instagram.

The comic, still available on band manager Jamie Oborne’s Twitter feed, talks about changing their “projected identity” both visually and philosophically.

“Until then there won’t be any pop music or dancing with long hair,” a sentence reads, indicating a possible hiatus. The intent of the post becomes more ominous, musically at least, toward the end, with lines like: “The hardest part of any relationship is to say ‘goodbye’” and the concluding sentence: “So we must leave, with a parting ‘we love you’ — we are already gone.”

While many are preparing for the worst, there are a few who are a little more skeptical.

But right now, until the band’s big reveal, all everyone can do is wait.

Write to Rishi Iyengar at rishi.iyengar@timeasia.com.

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