At first look, Yungblud is the assured, wildly fashionable and at all times smiling rocker that dominates the stage whereas on tour. However the 23-year-old Brit, born Dominic Harrison, says he is at all times tormented himself with “quite a lot of self-deprecation.”
That is why he wrote his new single “god save me, however do not drown me out,” set to look on his sophomore album, Bizarre!, out on Nov. 13. “This tune is for anyone mendacity of their bed room at four a.m. questioning why the f— they’re not ok,” he tells Billboard of the all-too-relatable notion. “You might be ok in each form, in each shade, in each sexuality, in each single stroll of life. Each single particular person on this planet deserves to be cherished, and love in return. That’s it. I believe for those who love as many individuals as you possibly can and inform the reality, that’s what it means to be free.”
“This file, this tune, I wished to place out with the album announcement as a result of this was the security pin that holds the entire file collectively,” he continues, including that “It’s nearly a tune for Dom.”
Its sentiment holds true within the lyrics, as Yungblud proclaims within the heartfelt hook, “I will not let my insecurities outline who I’m/ Not gonna waste my life ‘trigger I have been f–ed up/ ‘Trigger it would not matter.”
The observe’s writing course of was equally as cathartic as the ultimate product. “It was crawling up my again and I simply burst into tears,” the singer shared in regards to the tune’s origins. “This album was so exhausting for me to jot down, as a result of there’s a lot ache on this album. It talks about me practically shedding my mother, it talks about me being confused about my sexuality, it talks about me turning to quite a lot of medication, it talks about me falling in love for the primary time after which experiencing heartbreak for the primary time and all the things being within the public eye as a result of we blew up so fast. I bear in mind this tune developing my backbone and me being like, ‘Have you learnt what? I believe I’m really beginning to love myself a bit.’”
Whereas discussing the undertaking additional, it turned clear that Bizarre!, with its themes of progress and self-acceptance amid intolerance, is a loyal love letter to his followers — who may be seen urgent up in opposition to the bannister at each present, scream-singing songs in a approach that makes them really feel much less like lyrics and extra like private mantras. “I want there wasn’t a stage, I want there was no barrier,” shouts Yungblud when his followers have been introduced up. “I’m envious of them! I want I used to be within the crowd as a result of I lastly, thank f—, lastly belong someplace.”
“[The shows] are usually not me going, ‘Right here’s a banger, now I’m going to go get in my Mercedes automobile and get a glass of champagne.’ I don’t give a f–k about that,” he continues. “What I care about is 2000 youngsters on the street screaming their lungs out as a result of they imagine in one thing that invigorates them and brings all of them collectively.”
That is why Bizarre! is extra necessary than ever in 2020’s tumultuous local weather, the place at occasions there appears to be much more division than unity and a worry of the unknown is at an all-time excessive. “It’s OK to not know! It’s OK to present a f–k,” Yungblud assures. “It’s OK to vary your thoughts. It’s OK to be improper. It’s OOK to look naive, as a result of if individuals say they’re not any of these issues, then they’re bulls–tting you. It’s all bollocks, man, as The Specials mentioned. ‘It’s all a load of bollocks.’ Everybody’s facade, it’s all bollocks. Simply let it down and be who you might be as a result of there’s nothing cooler than that.”
The second of belief and acceptance that sparked “god save me, however do not drown me out” can be a sense that Yungblud is fervently devoted to creating for his followers’ private journeys, similar to idols Girl Gaga, Amy Winehouse, David Bowie and My Chemical Romance did for him.
“Once I was rising up, I simply didn’t belong wherever. I couldn’t match a mildew as a result of individuals simply didn’t get me, individuals didn’t perceive me, individuals couldn’t formulate me. They didn’t know what added as much as make Dom,” he explains. “I simply wished to create a group of people that may very well be themselves and exist regardless of who they’re. To be trustworthy, it’s simply so supportive, and it’s a spot to exist as a household with out being judged. To be completely different is to be the most effective f–king factor right here. And also you’ll be celebrated for that.”
A lot so, that he is even written songs commemorating his supporters’ experiences, most notably within the upcoming album’s observe “Mars.” “It talks a couple of transgender lady in Maryland. She got here as much as me and instructed me the story that her dad and mom believed that she was a woman and supported her to undergo a transition due to this group,” he says, earlier than taking a second in silence to mirror on his fanbase and music’s uplifting nature. “As a result of they noticed different trans youngsters they usually noticed the entire group that comes with Yungblud. And that f–king blew my thoughts.”
To sum up the forthcoming undertaking, Yungblud saved it stripped-back, sort and characteristically Dominic. “This album has helped me a lot. I used to be in a darkish place, and I hope that you just discover peace in it. I hope that you just discover power in it, and I hope that you just discover extra of a purpose to be your self in it.”
Bizarre! is out Nov. 13 and is offered for pre-order right here.