The 1975's 'It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)' Is an Ode to Recovery

By Katrina Nattress

October 18, 2018

As the release date of The 1975's third studio album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, creeps closer, the UK-based alt/pop-rockers are keeping fans on their toes by releasing an array of songs off the upcoming record.

After sharing lead single "Give Yourself a Try," politically charged "Love It If We Made It," electro-pop bop "TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME," and jazzy "Sincerity Is Scary," the band revealed the fifth offering from the album, "It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)."

The '80s-tinged track pairs dark lyrics with bright guitar tones, as Matty Healy sings about what sounds like a failed relationship upon first listen. "And all I do is sit and think about you / If I knew what you'd do / Collapse my veins wearing beautiful shoes / It's not living if it's not with you," he laments in the chorus. "All I do is sit and drink without you / If I choose then I lose / Distract my brain from the terrible news / It's not living if it's not with you."

Those that are familiar with the vocalist know he's been struggling with heroin addiction, and though the song's lyrics sound like a break up anthem they're actually about his recovery.

Listen to "It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)" below.

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is slated for a November 30th release via Interscope. The 1975 hit the road to support the album on a North American tour in early 2019.

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