This new single marks a significant sonic shift for King, who has historically been hailed for his virtuoso guitar riffs and preternatural talent. But on ‘F*ck My Life Up Again’ he lets the spotlight shine on his deeply soulful and arresting vocals, perfectly enhanced with r & b percussion, shimmering organ and lush string arrangements. The guitar is there, of course, though in true Rick Rubin experimental fashion, the solo is glitched-up and played backwards!
The hook is unshakeable, matching timeless symphonic soul with a decidedly modern take. King lays his feelings bare, reflecting on his tendency to chase unhealthy co-dependent relationships.
Of the single, he states, “I was hesitant to record a song with such a foul word in it given my southern, Christian upbringing, but there was no other word I could find to capture the emotion I felt, the anger associated with missing someone you know is only going to bring you pain; missing a relationship that only hurts you, feeling hopeless to the point of wanting them to come back because the only thing worse than the co-dependent hell you’ve created together is the profound loneliness you feel.”
King is a GRAMMY® nominated fourth-generation musician from Greenville, South Carolina, who started playing guitar at 8 years old, following in the footsteps of his musician father and grandfather.
Logging thousands of miles on the road as The Marcus King Band, he established himself with unparalleled performance prowess plus a dynamic live show. Meanwhile, his solo debut, El Dorado (2020), garnered a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of ‘Best Americana Album’.
In between packing out venues on his own, he has performed alongside Chris Stapleton, Greta Van Fleet and Nathanial Rateliff in addition to gracing the bills of Stagecoach and more with one seismic show after the next.
Throughout his career, he has been open about his challenges with mental health, and has launched various initiatives in this area, most recently a guitar auction collaboration with MusiCares.