Exclusive: One Direction teases fifth album's sound -- without Zayn: 'It's a lot different than what we did before'
One Direction kicks off the North American leg of the On The Road Again Tour on July 9th in San Diego, Calif. But until that highly anticipated day is here, the band is hard at work on their follow-up to Four, which produced hits including "Steal My Girl" and "Night Changes." Cue the squeals and excitement!
Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson promise the upcoming album will be somewhat of a departure from their previous studio albums – which also featured Zayn Malik, who announced his departure from the band in March.
"There's a few different sounds on the album, not all the songs sound the same, like, same vibe. They are all kind of different," Niall revealed to Live Nation/ETonline in an exclusive interview. "Couple of different guitars and drums. It's a lot different than what we did before... but, it's cool."
"There's a lot of old school vibes as well," he explained. "I said before that it was quite Oasis-y but I was thinking about one song that I've been playing... it's very diverse I think," he added, after noting that the mix of songs is "eclectic."
But will there be any collaborations?
"No collaborations so far," Niall revealed. "It's still in the making so we're not there yet."
But 1D's sound isn't all that's changing. The band is also making some shifts to their tour – changes that are sure to have fans feeling giddy and eager to catch the fellas live.
"Well, we got some new songs I believe for this one," Liam shared, before Louis chimed in to confirm, "That is true. Yep... four I think."
While the guys couldn't reveal which tunes they are adding to the set-list, Liam promised the tunes are definitely fan-favorites.
"We have some favorites.. maybe someone else's favorite off the album -- from last year's." Eeeek. We're already anxious to hear the new additions.
We also played a little tour game with the guys in anticipation of the 17 upcoming tour dates. They revealed which member is most likely to get homesick on the road, who text messages the most from the road (Harry, here's looking at you), and who takes the most "moody, topless" selfies from their bunk. Yes, you read that right. Moody. Topless. You'll have to watch the video above to see how they answered.
One Direction is clearly excited about the future and 2015 is shaping up to be another hugely successful year for them. To purchase tickets to any of their upcoming shows, click here.
To see what 5 Seconds of Summer told ET about Zayn leaving One Direction, watch the video below.
And, let @Katie_Krause know on Twitter what type of tunes YOU are hoping to hear from them on album five!