Enmore Theatre, January 3
A Yungblud show should come with a disclaimer – “must be 25 or younger to enjoy this show”. The 22-year-old Brit’s rap-reggae-rock-punk hybrid has brought him a dedicated global following, with Sydney no exception.
Thanks to his lyricism and songwriting ability Yungblud – known to his mother as Dominic Harrison – has turned out an impressive selection of songs. He does all the right things to appeal to Gen Z, from pashing his guitarist mid-song to lifting his pleated miniskirt to moon the audience and making every other word a profanity.
He is an unabashed showman but it would be amazing if Yungblud could go beyond his mantra of sticking it to the man, because his music is very palatable.
The acoustic segment of the evening offered a true glimpse of Yungblud’s vocal talents. Stripped back and exposed, Yungblud’s voice on Kill Somebody was raspy and rich, accentuated by his South Yorkshire accent. Up to this point his performance was rough, preferring to rely on the crowd singing his lyrics, but here was an intricate and beautiful weaving of complex human emotions.
So, rock ‘n’ roll has a new face and sound. And at risk of sounding condescending, it’s refreshing to witness young people fervently enjoying what looks to become the soundtrack of their formative years.