• Ellie Howorth

Single Review: Lucas Watt - I Don't Feel Fine

In the space of just a few years, Lucas Watt has gone from recording songs in his bedroom, to touring with the likes of JP Cooper, Larkins, and Shed Seven.

The singer-songwriter has been on the West Yorkshire touring circuit for a number of years, playing multiple sold out shows in his hometown of Skipton, whilst also making appearances at festivals such as Live at Leeds and Bingley Music Live. Known for his authentic lyricism and soulful vocal style, Watt cites his influences around Sam Fender and Tom Grennan, blending the rawness of teenage frustrations with soaring guitars and anthemic choruses.

In his latest single, I Don’t Feel Fine, Watt explores his resentment of monotonous daily routines, longing for a break from the grind. Beginning with a subtle guitar intro, rising instrumentation opens up into a vibrant burst of catchy vocal hooks and blazing drums, before resounding out into an energetic, instrumental outro.

Although I Don’t Feel Fine is Watt’s first single of 2020, last year saw the release of his debut EP, Broken Machines. Here, Watt paved the way for his more raucous releases – stepping away from the tender notes of his earlier singles, and into an edgier, rockier new sound.

Relatability is evident across the singer’s lyricism, with Watt describing I Don’t Feel Fine as “an anthem for the masses that loudly shouts about a common feeling of being caught in a routine.” Other songs in his discography span topics of heartbreak, toxic relationships, and growing up; telling easily accessible stories backed by intricate, yet fiery, melodies.

At the end of last year, a short UK support tour with JP Cooper saw Watt tread outside of the Yorkshire music scene into national territory, playing sold out shows to hundreds of people across the country, and undoubtedly gaining new fans along the way. The singer had been due to support fellow northern artists Gloria in Manchester at the end of last month – however the gig was rescheduled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

I Don’t Feel Fine marks another huge step in the right direction for Watt – a telling sign that he will be one to watch over the coming years.

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