The singer also joked on the U.K.'s Capital FM that his post-1D plans involve working as a pool cleaner

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
Updated April 28, 2015 01:55 PM
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Fans still despondent over Zayn Malik‘s abrupt departure from One Direction can rest easy – a fifth album is coming, and it’s “coming together really well.”

So said Liam Payne when he phoned in to the U.K.’s Capital FM radio on Monday, revealing that the new album will sound “a bit Oasis-y, almost, which is ace – love that.”

(We’re sure Liam Gallagher would be flattered – he once said that 1D are his "biggest competition." Just kidding, though – the Gallagher brothers have gone on record many a time bemoaning the death of music as we know it, citing pop-rock acts like Ed Sheeran and Mumford and Sons.)

Speaking of Sheeran, Liam said that “the songs are coming out a bit more chill because I think we want this to be quite a long-lasting album that you can listen to anytime. You know, like how Ed’s album, anytime you throw on an Ed song, it always makes sense.”

As with the band’s previous releases, their fifth album is expected to drop in late fall.

Payne, 21, was chiefly on the radio to announce that One Direction would be the first act confirmed to perform at Capital FM’s Summertime Ball, which will hit the Wembley Stadium in London, England, on June 6 – but he was gently reprimanded by the hosts for leaking the news early.

“We’re calling you ‘Leaky Liam!’ ” said Capital Breakfast Show host Dave Berry. “I have the right mind to take away your place on that stage!”

“Oh, no, don’t do that! We’re already a man down! Don’t do that,” Payne joked in response, in a rare public acknowledgment of Malik’s absence.

The singer also revealed some surprising post-1D aspirations, joking that he intends to become a pool boy. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” he said. “You get to use the net, fish out little leaves from the bottom of the pool [and] you can listen to your iPod while you’re working!” BRB, installing a pool in our backyard.

Naturally, “#LIAMISTHEPOOLCLEANER” was a worldwide trend for hours following his radio spot.

In any case, while Harry Styles is out in Los Angeles, Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan have been documenting their London-based in-studio adventures on Instagram and Twitter as they continue to prove that the band can move forward as a cohesive unit without Malik.

(Even though nobody else will be able to hit that high note in “You & I.”)

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