You don’t need to wait years and years for new music from Years & Years.
The London-based electro-pop trio recently premiered a track in the BBC Radio 1 studios while participating in the Sound of 2018 show, Gay Times reports.
The group performed “DNA,” which is expected to be on their upcoming sophomore album, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, Communion. Frontman Olly Alexander first previewed the song last summer in his BBC documentary, Growing Up Gay.
Alexander also teased fans that more new music from Years & Years will be released in “weeks, not months.” In October the band lent another new song, “Hypnotized,” to Baz Luhrmann’s short film for H&M’s Erdem collection.
“DNA” seems to be about not letting your past or genetics define you. Alexander has been vocal about his mental health issues, specifically depression and anxiety, which he believes stemmed in part from his struggle to accept his sexuality.
“If you grow up being LGBT society teaches you that you’re wrong and to be inherently ashamed of who you are,” he told the Evening Standard. “I think that then feeds through into every aspect of your life.”
Alexander memorably told the crowd to “literally shove a rainbow in fear’s face” at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival, urging fans to stand in solidarity with the LGBT community in light of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. “I’m here, I’m queer, and yeah, sometimes I am afraid, but I am never ashamed because I am proud of who I am!”
Listen to “DNA” below.