ONE TO WATCH

YUNG­BLUD is a 21-year-old from York­shire mak­ing ad­dic­tive mu­sic with a tough mes­sage. By EL­IZA O’HARE

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Contents - Pho­tographed by JEDD COONEY

The rebel yell of red-hot new mu­si­cianyung­blud.

“As a gen­er­a­tion we are opin­ion­ated, and that’s what should be rep­re­sented.”

“YEEAAHHHH!” howls the mu­si­cian Do­minic Har­ri­son, oth­er­wise known asyung­blud, as he scowls for the cam­era and scram­bles up a wall be­tween a steep stair­case and a ter­ri­fy­ing open sec­ond-storey win­dow dur­ing his BAZAAR shoot. He may pos­sess an an­gelic face with a mouth made for mag­a­zine cov­ers, but he’s try­ing very hard not to be pretty in these pic­tures.

“The peo­ple in charge right now don’t have a fuck­ing clue,” he says of the world. “It just baf­fles me that no one in main­stream pop is fly­ing the flag. Ev­ery­one is tread­ing on eggshells, say­ing in in­ter­views, ‘Oh, this is so bad,’ but not ac­tu­ally ad­dress­ing the sub­ject and how lead­ers can spend so much money de­stroy­ing the planet and try­ing to ob­tain power.”

We’re catch­ing up be­tween shots — him scrunched down in the cor­ner of a booth, wear­ing his own fab­u­lous pair of tar­tan trousers, Dr. Martens and just a lit­tle smudgy eye­liner — to talk about why his lyrics are so sear­ing. “as a gen­er­a­tion we are so vo­cal and so smart. We have as much ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion as a Cam­bridge pro­fes­sor right now.we are opin­ion­ated, and that’s what should be rep­re­sented. that’s what we should be rep­re­sent­ing.we know the fu­ture. a lot of peo­ple are an­gry.”

In­clud­ing Yung­blud. His songs hit the hard side with their lay­ered mes­sages of mod­ern ex­ploita­tion. His de­but song, “i Love you, will you Marry Me”, is the true tragic tale of a doomed ro­mance in a pub­lic hous­ing project, while his oth­ers tar­get greedy prop­erty de­vel­op­ers, ram­pant com­mer­cial­ism and, in this age of #Metoo, sex­ual as­sault. “‘Poly­graph Eyes’ is a song about boys tak­ing ad­van­tage of drunk girls,” he says. “It’s not just black and white, not just deal­ing with lack of con­sent, but it’s ac­tu­ally to­tally wrong, it’s to­tally, 100 per cent wrong. Let’s call it and ini­ti­ate some­thing. When I said I wanted to write a song about it, peo­ple were like, ‘are you mad?’”

His mu­sic is a punchy mix of Arc­tic Mon­keys and Oa­sis, ripe for a sin­ga­long.and he’s work­ing on more.

“Next year is just a lot of mu­sic. that is what I want to achieve. I want to re­lease things when it feels right. I don’t want to be that artist where it’s all clin­i­cal,” he says.“i don’t want to be re­leas­ing mu­sic and stress­ing out over whether I get 27 mil­lion streams overnight or not. I think I’ve got time. The best way to ob­tain fans, hope­fully, is for peo­ple to dis­cover it them­selves. And if there are 10 songs on­line, it can take six months for a song to even reach the sur­face.

“But I think, right now, I am go­ing through so much emo­tion, I just want to drop songs that feel right at the right time,” he con­tin­ues. “I am ner­vous and fright­ened, but ev­ery­one is. I think if you feel it and it’s real, it’ll res­onate. If it doesn’t res­onate, I can look back and say I was noth­ing else but my­self.”

Yung­blud’s de­but al­bum, 21st Cen­tury Li­a­bil­ity, is out now. He’s in Aus­tralia for Splen­dour in the Grass (July 19–22) and sideshows (Mel­bourne, July 21; Syd­ney, July 24, se­cret­sounds.com).

Yung­blud wears Saint Lau­rent by Anthony Vac­carello jacket, price on ap­pli­ca­tion, from Har­rolds; bassike T-shirt, $95; his own neck­laces.

Calvin Klein Jeans shirt, $284, and jeans, $300; Dr. Martens shoes, $289. Prices ap­prox­i­mate. See Buylines for stock­ists.

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