Is Yungblud done being a political spokesperson for the underrated youth?
Dominic Harrison, who goes by the name Yungblud, dropped his new single, 'Strawberry Lipstick' this week. His bold appearance challenges gender stereotypes and he’s not afraid to question fashion boundaries. His music from the last album, '21st Century Liability', released in 2018, has a politically driven narrative following a boy from a small town trying to break out of his shell and test traditional beliefs.
'Strawberry Lipstick' follows the blueprint of the heavy punk influenced style of Yungblud; known for his loud shouty vocals and heavy guitar-based sound but rids of the politically charged lyrics and instead explores his feelings about a new budding relationship. In my opinion the lyrics left me desiring more.
Sporting a new look, aesthetically his style is ruminant of old school punk bands such as the Sex Pistols and The Clash but the push for revolution and uprising against the powers that be has gone.
This is his second release from what appears to be his campaign for a second album, and it seems like he is moving towards a more mainstream audience. Nevertheless, the song is a bop with an extremely catchy bassline and will most likely get the crowd jumping when performed live.
Overall, I feel like this is a step away from the last album to give listeners something new and exciting. The song is something different, yet it has the familiar upbeat, punchy sound fans associate with the character that is Yungblud.
Words by Charlie Kempen