What do you get when you pair The 1975 frontman Matt Healy with indie ingenue Phoebe Bridgers? Apparently, some very vulnerable, very queer music.
The British alt-rock band has teamed up with Bridgers for “Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America,” a new single off the group’s forthcoming album, Notes on a Conditional Form, slated for a May 22 release. (Bridgers was supposed to tour with The 1975 later this year, but they have postponed their shows amid the coronavirus pandemic.)
The plaintive track, which skews more mellow and low-tempo than The 1975’s pop-leaning discography, includes verses from both Healy and Bridgers about same-sex crushes. Healy sings reverently about being in love with “a boy I know,” and Bridgers croons about crushing on “the girl next door” and masturbating as soon as she leaves.
While Bridgers, also a member of the popular indie supergroups boygenius and Better Oblivion Community Center, has discussed her bisexuality, Healy has eschewed any labels. Instead, he told Attitude magazine that he calls himself “an aesthete.”
The vocalist’s sexuality has been the subject of speculation among fans for years—and when Healy made a political statement by kissing another man at a show in Dubai in 2019, those rumors only intensified.
— The 1975 (@the1975) April 3, 2020
At a gig in the U.K. later that year, Healy defended his actions when it was pointed out that homosexuality is still illegal in the United Arab Emirates.
“It is not me that needs to change,” the singer told concertgoers, according to BBC News. “It is the world that needs changing.”
Listen to “Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America” below.