UK recording artist Yungblud, whom NME has said carries himself like “a hyper-addictive mix between rapper Eminem and Johnny Rotten” releases his self-titled debut EP today via all digital partners. Listen to Yungblud HERE
With his frenetic take on alt-pop equally inspired by punk, hip-hop, and UK garage, Yungblud uses breakneck flow and tongue-in-cheek attitude to deliver pointed lyrics about everything from gentrification to disenfranchisement to addiction without getting heavy-handed. “I want my music to always have a message, but I don’t want to preach to anybody” says the Northern England native, whose given name is Dominic Harrison. “This music’s just an outburst of emotion and anger, and everything else going on in my head.”
The Yorkshire-born, London-based Yungblud, producer Matt Schwartz (Massive Attack)alongside executive producer Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz) performed all the music on the EP (Yungblud plays guitar, bass, piano, and drums), shaping a guitar-driven sound spiked with tightly crafted beats.
The EP features “King Charles” and “Tin Pan Boy” (which Wonderland called “a bold and biting call to social justice”) and the current single “I Love You, Will You Marry Me” which takes its title from a real-life, ill-fated marriage proposal spray-painted at a public housing project in South Yorkshire. Watch the live performance video for “ILYWYMM” HERE and the self-directed video for “Tin Pan Boy” HERE. The EP also includes two brand-new songs, “Anarchist” and “Polygraph Eyes” a seedy portrait of a Saturday night out that also serves as a delicate commentary on consent and “lad mentality.”
In a recent profile of Yungblud, Wonderland raves about his “captivating songwriting” while Nylonnotes that “Harrison imbues every ounce of raucous energy into songs that defy genre.” NME has called him “utterly thrilling” and says that “what makes Yungblud so intriguing is the versatility in his material already, and how confident he feels about pulling it all off.”
Yungblud, who is currently on the road in Europe, will also hit the road for a U.S. spring tour with K. Flay in March. “If you ever get the chance to see him perform live, his passion is evident in the way he throws himself around the stage, spitting ferocious lyrics at the front row and strutting around with the confidence you only have if you were born to do something” writes Wonderland.