Years & Years have revealed that their new album is going to be full of dancefloor fillers inspired by frontman Olly Alexander’s role in It’s A Sin.
The trio, which also features Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Turkmen, revealed that they scrapped a whole album’s worth of songs because they wanted the follow-up to 2018’s Palo Santo to be more upbeat.
Olly, 30, who plays Ritchie Tozer in Russell T Davies’ miniseries about the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, revealed that his latest acting role helped them to create a very different album.
He told NME: ‘The pandemic happened and I went back to square one and just wanted to make a lot of upbeat, euphoric dance tunes.
‘That’s what I’ve been focused on the majority of 2020 doing. Definitely the show had an impact on that.
‘Although I don’t think it’s going to sound ’80s, I’m trying to channel that energy and dancefloor transcendence.’
Olly also previously revealed that he was ‘miserable’ and ‘angry’ when Years & Years couldn’t agree on songs for the second album, admitting making Palo Santo was a ‘nightmare’.
He explained at the time: ‘We could never agree on what sounded good or what we liked.
‘Then six months down the line, we still had no songs and the label were really angry and annoyed.’
He added: ‘It was a nightmare. I felt so miserable and I was so angry because I’d worked so hard to be in this position, and it’s very weird to feel like you’re in this fairy tale that’s going wrong and you’re desperate to put it back on the right track.’
Thankfully, the band agreed to follow his vision for the record, with Olly adding: ‘Ultimately, we do love each other.’
It’s A Sin begins on January 22 at 9pm on Channel 4.
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