Yungblud - Weird! [CD]
Catalogue No.: 0711800
Release Date: 13th November 2020
Genre: Alternative, Pop
On November 13, Locomotion/Interscope Records will release YUNGBLUD’s sophomore album, Weird! Today, as the album pre-order launched, the British singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist shared a new track, “god save me, but don’t drown me out.”
Beginning as a modern bedtime prayer and ending with a tender goodnight message to his fans, the song is anchored by bristling guitars that echo the mounting pressures that his generation faces. Charting a course from inner turmoil to self-acceptance, YUNGBLUD creates a soaring, transcendent anthem in the process. He co-produced the track with longtime collaborators Chris Greatti (Poppy, Grimes) and Zakk Cervini (Bishop Briggs, Machine Gun Kelly).
Doubling down on the raw vulnerability first glimpsed on his powerhouse 2018 debut album, 21st Century Liability, and his 2019 EP, hope for the underrated youth, Weird! is YUNGBLUD’s most emotionally complex body of work to date. He recorded it at studios in London and Los Angeles with Cervini, Greatti and another frequent collaborator, Matt Schwartz (Cold War Kids, Bullet For My Valentine, Massive Attack). True to YUNGBLUD’s fierce refusal to box himself in, Weird! embodies a wildly eclectic collage of sound: Queen-inspired harmonies, Beatles-esque chord progressions, elements of dance-punk and glam-rock and hip-hop and metal. See below for track listing.
The 23-year-old artist also known as Dominic Harrison explains, “It’s a story of coming-of-age and self-acceptance and liberation, in terms of sex and gender and drugs and heartbreak and all the other twists and turns we go through in life.” Likening Weird! to a “Skins” episode in album form, he adds, “I hope it makes people feel like it’s okay to feel out of place or twisted or weird, because life is weird—but that’s what beautiful about it. So don’t ever try to live it as someone else. Live it as you.”
YUNGBLUD, a 2020 VMA nominee for the PUSH Best New Artist award, has also been busy with variety of other projects. He contributed the incendiary “Lemonade” featuring rapper Denzel Curry to the Madden NFL 21 Soundtrack,. In early September, Bring Me The Horizon released “Obey,” their collab with YUNGBLUD, which premiered on BBC Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s “Hottest Record.” YUNGBLUD recently scored Platinum status with the 2019 single “I Think I’m OKAY,” a fierce team-up with Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker. His new graphic novel, The Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club Volume 2: Weird Times at Quarry Banks University, the follow-up to his 2019 print debut, will be published in November.
god save me, but don’t drown me out
ice cream man
it’s quiet in beverly hills
the freak show