South Yorkshire’s Dominic Richard Harrison, better known to the world at large as Yungblud, has released a video for his new track ‘fleabag’.
“I wrote ‘fleabag’ in a really dark time of my life, when a lot of people around me had an expectation about what I should be,” he explains. “To tell you the truth it’s about being fucking gutted about people judging me and trying to tear me down. I felt so alienated, I felt so alone.”
“This song is a kick back. A kick back against the world, a kick back against my friends, against my family and some of my fanbase,” he continues. “I am who I am, all I want to do is spread love and lead with my heart. I’ve always told people to be themselves, sometimes I have to remember that message myself.”
First off, good for you Dominic! Tell the haters to piss off, be the best version of you, and don’t give two shits about the negativity that might come with people who don’t understand or appreciate what you’re doing. With all that being said, I hate this song.
Harrison’s mix of punk rock, aggressive macho pop, and occasional hip-hop influences might appeal to a wide-ranging audience, but I just can’t get on board with the insipid lameness of it all. To me, he sounds like if Switchfoot dispensed with all that Christian rock nonsense, hired a DJ, put on some emo makeup, and decided they wanted to pull a Fall Out Boy and just become a lame mainstream-aping version of themselves.
‘Fleabag’ is the “rock” side of Harrison, but the production sounds so polished and shiny that it completely negatives any of the distortion and crashing cymbals in the arrangement. The lyrics couldn’t be more straightforward and are weirdly self-pitying for a song with an ostensibly “love yourself” message. The chorus becomes grating (five bucks said he heard ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ and thought “I can do better than that”), the verses are forgettable, and the guitar solo sounds like a parody of every ’80s hair metal guitar solo smashed together in under 20 seconds.
Harrison seems like a perfectly fine guy, and if his lyrics about alienation and self-betterment provide an outlet for those who need a voice and a figure to help them through their own struggles, then I’m glad Yungblud is around to be that person for them. But damn, if I have yet to find a Yungblud sound that I actually like. ‘Fleabag’ probably isn’t going to convert anyone, especially non-fans like me, but it’s sure to be embraced by the hordes of fans who do connect with Yungblud.
Check out the video for ‘fleabag’ down below.