Zayn? Niall? You guys????
Most of the time, a new batch of photos on One Direction's Instagram feed leaves us helplessly trapped in a never-ending cyclone of "SQUEE!" noises. (WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE, EVEN?)
But these new ones of bandmates Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, and Liam Payne rehearsing for their upcoming "Where We Are Tour" are all serious, black and white, and -- dare we say it? -- kinda emo.
But, like, actually Y SO SERIOUS.
Whaddya think's got the "Story Of My Life" singers so glum? Did their manager decide that 1D's new tour would feature tightly choreographed dance routines à la *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys? Perhaps Liam just got into Sartre and is having an existential crisis? Maybe Zayn just saw a squirrel?
Wait, staring off into space? Looking in different directions? Bringing the ennui? Living for that grayscale? Five bucks says that they're practicing their poses for their TBA fourth studio album's throwback, alt-rock-inspired cover. Case closed.
Literally serving U2 "The Joshua Tree" realness.
Photo credit: One Direction's Instagram