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Yungblud ushers in new era with latest single ‘Lowlife’

The pop-punk upstart is back with an anthemic new single

By Joe Goggins

Yungblud for Rolling Stone UK, 2022
Yungblud shot for Rolling Stone UK in 2022. (Photo: Kosmas Pavlos)

Yungblud has dropped a new single, one that he claims marks the start of a “new era” – you can hear it below.

The Doncaster pop-punk sensation, who has made his name as a lyricist not afraid to tackle the complexities of his own mental health, mines familiar territory on ‘Lowlife’, a raw, bass-heavy anthem that he says was inspired by feeling as if he “didn’t want to leave [his] house.”

“I was sick of people, of games, of myself, my friends, anytime I did anything some idiot had an opinion about it,” said Yungblud, real name Dominic Harrison. “What I should do or be.”

“The truth is I didn’t want to be anything at all sometimes, I wanted to be nothing,” he continued. “So I just didn’t leave bed. I was dissatisfied and craving some sort of boredom. The type of boredom where you sit in your house, in the same sheets and watch fucking mind numbing TV, so I wrote a song about it.”

Harrison worked with producer Paul Meany on the song, approaching it with no pre-conceived ideas in mind. I’ve not been going into the studio intent on making something like, ‘Close to Me’ [by The Cure] or ‘Born This Way’ [by Lady Gaga] or Life On Mars’ [by David Bowie],” he explained. “We’d start with a blank canvas each time, bring up a beat and see what the fuck happens.”

The singer had teased the release last week, leaving cryptic messages for fans in London, Los Angeles and Germany – he appeared at the huge Rock Im Park festival in the latter location last week (June 4), where he linked up with nu metal pioneers Limp Bizkit for a run through their classic ‘Break Stuff’.