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Yungblud makes an explosive entrance with debut offering “King Charles”

10 April 2017, 13:22 | Written by Jake Hawkes

Doncaster based Dominic Harrison (aka Yungblud) may only be 19, but on debut track “King Charles” he’s ready to put the world to rights.

"At the minute I feel like young people are not being listened to,” Harrison explains. “Music is how I can express my opinions and create change. If we fight, we win.”

Growing up surrounded by music from people like Bob Dylan and The Clash, protest songs are a natural outlet for Yungblud, and “King Charles” is two and a half minutes of rage against the system.

The repeated refrain of “Get out your wallet and give us your money/And you might as well throw in your soul”, just about manages to avoid wandering from protest into cliche, and the overtly political lyrics are supported with a driving backbeat that almost makes the end product resemble a hip-hop crossover.

It might sound like Yungblud is trying to do too much at once, but the end product is a lot more polished than you might expect. All of these disparate elements somehow pull together into one of the best debut tracks in recent memory, a kind of mix of Jamie T and Arctic Monkeys, with an added dash of punk spirit thrown in for good measure. Yungblud scores a stone cold banger right out of the gate.

"King Charles" is out now.
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