Matthew Healy met Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel at Wilmslow High School in England in 2002. Having the same passion in music, the four formed a band after local council worker organized numerous gigs for teenagers. Before settling with The 1975, which was inspired by a line on Jack Kerouac's poetry book, they performed under various names such as Forever Drawing Six, Talkhouse, the Slowdown and Drive Like I Do.
Before writing their own music, The 1975 used to perform a lot of cover songs. They eventually signed a record deal with Dirty Hit as well as Polygor Records and released their debut EP "Facedown" in 2012. However, it wasn’t until they unveiled the title track of the second EP "Sex" that they began to garner radio attention. They further claimed their spot in people's heart after single "Chocolate" peaked within the top twenty on U.K. Singles chart.
Following a series of supporting sets on other musicians' tours, The 1975 finally unveiled their self-titled debut album on September 2, 2013. The effort debuted at No. 1 on U.K. Albums chart. In support of the album, the band embarked on a world tour in 2014 and performed at Coachella, marking their first time performing at a major event in the United States.
The 1975 was once hit with split rumors in 2015 after they terminated their social media accounts, but it later turned out to be a publicity stunt to promote their upcoming album "I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It". The album was released on February 26, 2016 and topped both U.K. Albums and Billboard 200 charts. It marked their first time ruling the latter chart.
The English band began teasing their third studio album towards the end of 2016, hinting that it would be released in 2018. Updating fans on the album progress, Healy shared in 2017 that the title of the album would be "Music for Cars" and that they already wrote two songs for the album. Despite the announcement, they didn't release any singles off the album throughout the year. They unveiled a live album titled "DH00278", though.
After a year of not releasing any new song, The 1975 finally unearthed the first single off the album "Give Yourself a Try" on June 1, 2018 before following it up with four other tracks such as "Love It If We Made It" and "Sincerity Is Scary". Changing the title of the album to "A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationship", their third studio effort hit the stores on November 30 to universal acclaim. It debuted atop U.K. Albums chart and at No. 4 on Billboard 200.