Yungblud has spent the previous few years as an offended, righteous and comforting voice for a technology who’ve watched the world burn round them. His angst-ridden pop-punk has hit out at politicians, gun lobbyists and, properly, each injustice on the planet. However now it’s time for a change in techniques.
“It’s an period of optimism. I’m not offended anymore… I’m surrounded by a variety of love,” Yungblud promised as he kicked off the march in direction of album two with the tie-dyed electropop smirk of ‘Bizarre!’ again in March. Sounding like The 1975 meets Depeche Mode, this primary style of the brand new period of Dom Harrison was a wonky departure from the fiery tunes which have up to now taken him from dingy pubs to 5 sold-out nights on the O2 Discussion board Kentish City in London and a carnage-inducing look at this yr’s NME Awards.
Yungblud’s newest providing, ‘Strawberry Lipstick’, continues this new world order. A fizzing celebration of coronary heart over head, this arena-baiting monitor is an all-out occasion that couldn’t be extra in love with love.
Yungblud has spoken about issues of the center earlier than: from the epic-but-doomed affair of ‘11 Minutes’ to the truth biting skip of ‘I Love You, Will You Marry Me’, these relationships have at all times resulted in tragedy. There’s none of that, although, throughout the rose-tinted dance of ‘Strawberry Lipstick’. “She bought my coronary heart in her fingers like a headlock… she holds all of the p-p-power in her fingertips” he sings, joyful to surrender management. “She’s going to style my physique together with her fingertips,” he grins throughout the lusty anthem that crosses Pulp with Royal Blood.
A charged, head-over-heels banger about loving who you need to love, lyrically Dom continues to be a rebellious pressure to be reckoned with. “They’re going to lock me within the closet however I’m popping out, singing fuck all of the oppression and the self-doubt,” he snarls. “I’m going to chunk your entire fingers, put them in my mouth.”
Carrying a Spice Ladies-referencing Union Jack gown whereas posing with a British Bulldog — and referencing that David Bowie shot — the duvet of ‘Strawberry Lipstick’ makes completely no bones about simply how British this monitor is. As an alternative of a weirdly timed burst of patriotism or the will to reclaim a way of British identification, the track as an alternative pays homage to Dom’s musical heritage with nods to the on a regular basis heroics of Oasis, T. Rex’s psychedelic escapism and The Rolling Stones’ flamboyant swagger.
By aping his wildly completely different childhood heroes, ‘Strawberry Lipstick’ is naive, excitable and celebratory of the ability of a technology who know what they need. “Because the starting of time, people have been so complicated and, like, 15 completely different personalities directly — however we’re the primary technology to simply accept it and know that it’s alright to be who you might be,” Yungblud advised NME not too long ago.
‘Strawberry Lipstick’ is a really fashionable rampage via the aisles of The Greats. Guitar-driven, energetic and altering gears a number of instances, this kaleidoscopic burst of pleasure sees Dom stripped again to the apply room and making as a lot noise as attainable. No frills past the enjoyment of being loud, there’s an actual freedom to the monitor’s giddy assault and the closest we’re going to get in the mean time to the euphoric chaos of a Yungblud reside present.
It’s the sound of an artist with nothing to show, however who nonetheless needs to share his coronary heart together with his ride-or-die fanbase, the Black Coronary heart Membership. Time and time once more, Yungblud has advised his viewers how a lot he fookin’ loves them, how they’ve saved his life and the way, collectively, they’re a household.
With ‘Strawberry Lipstick’, he’s written a turbo-charged soundtrack for his new lease of life that’ll additionally make you fall in love another time.