Are Harry Styles and the rest of the boys going in a new direction? Harry hinted at the type of music One Direction will make now that Zayn Malik is out of the band, saying their sound will ‘change’ and have a ‘new identity.’
One Direction kicks off their U.S. tour in San Diego on July 9 and Directioners can’t wait to see Liam Payne, 21, Niall Horan, 21, Louis Tomlinson, 23, and Harry Styles, 21, in action for the first time since Zayn Malik, 22, left the group. In an interview before the tour, Harry gave an update on the band, even teasing what fans can expect when the group releases their first album without Zayn!
While speaking with Entertainment Weekly on July 3, Harry talked about how the band has been working out, now that they’re down to a four-piece. Harry said that “the only changes” to their show is that “the parts Zayn sang have been picked up by different people.” While Harry was happy to talk about the band’s current Zayn-less state, the conversation shifted to what’s next for One Direction.
Harry was all good news! “We’re currently recording and writing our next album, so we’ll be working on that,” he said. “The songs are coming together quickly, so we’re buzzing with the new stuff.”
“It carries a slightly new identity,” said Harry, possibly mentioning how the band’s sound changed when Zayn left the group on March 19. The fallout from Zayn’s departure, with all the feuding and public fighting, it’s would be hard for One Direction to remain the same band. Instead, their sound will reflect how they’ve grown, and Harry didn’t think that was a bad thing.
“I think it’s an obvious change from [Four] in a positive way,” he said, adding that “We’ve branched out and worked with different writers, and we’ve got some great songs!”
While Harry was optimistic and pleasant about making music without Zayn, Liam insulted the ex-One Direction member when discussing the upcoming album. While promoting the 1D fragrance, Between Us, Liam said that their next album is “just my favorite stuff we’ve ever done,” dissing all the stuff that 1D did when Zayn was part of the band.
Are you excited for new music from One Direction, HollywoodLifers? Or are you more interested in hearing Zayn’s solo album?
— Jason Brow