“Demi is getting out of rehab/ When is this shit gonna end?”
These are the brutally honest opening lines of Demi Lovato’s new single “Skin of My Teeth,” in which the Grammy-nominated singer adopts a pop-punk sound and speaks openly about her battle with addiction.
Bearing a certain sonic resemblance to Hole’s “Celebrity Skin,” the guitar-heavy track brings a grunge twist to the new era of pop-punk that has blossomed in recent years, with Lovato’s powerhouse vocals hauntingly conveying their most open-ended lyricism yet . “I live through the skin of my teeth/ I survived but it got harder to breathe/ Asking why doesn’t make it easier/ Go lighter for me,” Lovato sings during the track’s tense chorus. “God damn I just want to be free/ But I can’t because it’s a damn disease.”
Lovato experienced a near-fatal opioid overdose in July 2018, which they detailed in the 2021 YouTube docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil. In the document, Lovato explained that they’ve become “California sober,” meaning they still use certain substances — typically alcohol and weed — in moderation. However, Lovato re-entered rehab in late 2021 and shared on Instagram that being “California sober” was no longer working for her. In January of this year, Lovato signaled that a new musical era was about to dawn when they posted a photo with the caption, “A funeral for my pop music.”
Skin of My Teeth is produced by Warren “Oak” Felder and written by Lovato, Alex Niceforo, Keith Sorrells, Laura Veltz and Lil Aaron. Earlier this week, Lovato announced that her eighth studio album, Holy Fvck, will be released on August 19 and will follow the heavy musical style of Skin of My Teeth. Lovato will also be touring with the album starting in August.
“The making of this album has been the most fulfilling to date and I am grateful to my fans and staff for accompanying me on this journey. I’ve never been so sure of myself and my music, and this record speaks for itself,” Lovato said in a statement. “Thanks to my Lovatics who have rocked with me from the start and to those who are riding now. This record is for you.”
Watch the music video for “Skin of My Teeth” below.
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