Years & Years' New Single 'Sanctify' Explores What It's Like To Date A Straight Guy

Last month, Years & Years announced that they were working on new music and they finally came through in the best way possible with their newest single, 'Sanctify'.

The group had a great first album and used their platform to touch on issues that affect them directly, and they seem to be doing the same with their new album, starting with 'DNA' a song about coming out and not letting society define you. 'Sanctify', however, takes on a whole new message about dating straight guys within the gay community.

Damn. That's deep, boys. 

With the new album, frontman Olly Alexander, who can relate to these songs on a very personal level, says that he wants to share the blessing of being gay. 

"I feel like being gay is a blessing. I wanted that to come through," he said in an interview with Apple's Beats 1.

Don't be fooled by the video, either. Olly says the message is much deeper than the facade shown. While the music video shows a world where robots have taken over, Alexander says the real meaning behind the song is the topic of dating a straight boy (something we've all dealt with at one point or another, right?).

candid shots of me thinking about men

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"I wanted to write a song that was kind of inspired from some experiences I’ve had with guys who identify straight but I’ve had something a bit more than just a friendship with them," he said. "It spoke a bit to my own coming out journey as a gay guy."

According to Olly, the idea of dating a guy who doesn't identify as gay - or even bisexual or sexually fluid - can be a very mixed experience emotionally. 

"I’m on the other side feeling like both a sinner and saint or a devil and angel, leading this guy down a path of ‘sinfulness’ while, at the same time, helping him explore his sexuality."

While it may be a rather unusual situation, we definitely think it's perfectly acceptable to sin every now and then.  

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