Internationally acclaimed, multiple-award winning British musician YUNGBLUD has released his energetic new single ‘Don’t Feel Like Feeling Sad Today.’ The high- octane track, written by Dominic Harrison (aka YUNGBLUD) and Matt Schwartz, offers a taste of what’s to come from his highly anticipated third album ‘YUNGBLUD’, set for global release on September 2nd via LOCOMOTION/POLYDOR. Pre-order/add/save YUNGBLUD HERE.
Listen to ‘Don’t Feel Like Feeling Sad Today’ HERE.
The release of ‘Don’t Feel Like Feeling Sad Today’ follows the filming of the track’s accompanying video last week (Monday, June 20th) which caused chaos on London’s Southbank as YUNGBLUD invited fans down to be involved. The video, directed by Tom Pallant and YUNGBLUD, showcases the artist and his fans getting chaotic in true YUNGBLUD style, drenching themselves during water fights, as he performs the song on a flatbed truck adorned in slogans. With a mass of fans taking over the location, armed with posters and water pistols, the wet-and-wild scene was subsequently deemed as overcrowding and shut down by the Metropolitan police authorities.
Speaking about the inspiration and meaning of the track, YUNGBLUD reveals, “I wrote this song on a morning when I didn’t even want to get out of bed. I sat and looked at the ceiling, head full of so much rubbish, reading what the internet was saying about me that day, and I just didn’t feel like feeling sad.
I wrote these words to help me stand up. To me this song is what happiness feels like. Happiness with a bite. A defiant sort of happiness. Looking at yourself in the mirror and telling the sadness to go away and come back another day. I wanted this song to be a little part of someone’s day, no matter what they’re going through they can put this on and feel a bit stronger today. That’s the vision, that’s the dream…”
“That’s why when we made the video. It needed to replicate that idea. My manager asked me ‘what can we do, that no one else does?’ And the concept came to us. All over the world I meet my fans in the streets, to feel a connection. To look into another person’s eyes and see that they’re going through the same things as me. It’s kind of become a ritual of ours. Put it this way, the police all over the world know when we’re town! So I said let’s roll some cameras, pull up a truck, no permits, no permission, tell people to meet me at a location and have a massive water fight. Sing, scream, and feel together. Imperfect, raw, real … happy.”
Last weekend, YUNGBLUD hit the iconic John Peel Stage at Glastonbury 2022 for an explosive debut performance. Playing to a packed-out tent, YUNGBLUD’s set included fan-favorites such as ‘Memories’, ‘parents’, and ‘The Funeral’ alongside brand new, unreleased tracks ‘Tissues’ and ‘I Cry 2’, taken from his upcoming self-titled album. The raucous performance saw the crowd chanting for an encore, whilst sending Twitter into a frenzy with YUNGBLUD trending at no.6 on UK Twitter and subsequently sending his past two Albums 21th Century Liability and Weird straight back into the top 15 on the UK album chart. Check out the full Glastonbury performance here. Over the weekend, YUNGBLUD also joined Chris Difford (Squeeze) on stage at The Acoustic Tent for a special performance of ‘Up The Junction’.
In July, he will head to Australia, New Zealand, and Japan to complete his ‘LIFE ON MARS’’ tour, followed by a return to North American shores this fall for select dates, including festival appearances at Austin City Limits, Louder Than Life, Riot Fest, and Firefly Music Festival. For a full list of tour dates go to: www.yungbludofficial.com/tour
Last month, YUNGBLUD released his latest single ‘Memories’ ft. WILLOW [LISTEN HERE]. The track, which surpassed 1 million streams in its first week, was accompanied by an official music video directed by Colin Tilley [WATCH HERE]. Speaking on the song, YUNGBLUD revealed: “This song is about letting go of past traumas you may have experienced and voicing them to the world. There’s something freeing about turning painful memories from your past into lessons for your future – I want people to scream this song out and it be cathartic. It’s about coming together and shedding pain, turning it into positive energy and sharing the burden with each other.”