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by Megan Armstrong

The 23-year-old American singer-songwriter released single 'not ur friend' last Friday (Feb. 28) and announced his debut album will drop in April.

Jeremy Zucker is standing up for himself in his newest single, “not ur friend.” The harshly honest song serves as a preview for his forthcoming debut album titled love is not dying, due out in April. Love itself may not be dying, but the relationship described by Zucker in “not ur friend” is unequivocally dead.

The track, co-written with Max Martin’s MXM team and produced by Zucker, opens with Zucker remembering that tomorrow is a past love’s birthday and distancing himself from the party she’ll surely have. If she weren’t so insecure, he points out, she would allow him to move on.

“Hang up, if you ever think of calling,” he sings in the chorus over a guitar-led backdrop. “Me up, not afraid to say it darling / Sorry, I’m not sorry if it hurts / I don’t mean to make it worse / I’ve decided that I’m not your fucking friend.”

It becomes clear that Zucker’s mentality is not heartless so much as self-preservation when he outlines he doesn’t want to see her cry and wants her to be OK—just not with him.

“not ur friend” followed the Feb. 7 release of “always, i’ll care.” The two songs have contrasting messages. While “not ur friend” sees Zucker with closure and confidently moving forward, “always, i’ll care” finds him in the thick of sorting out his emotions even if he appears unaffected on the outside: “Despite every text of yours ignored / Will you call me still just to hear my voice? / I swear / Always, I’ll care.”

The narrative range Zucker displays in these two songs bodes well for what’s to come on love is not dying. The Republic Records signee’s earnest songwriting—previously showcased on 2019’s brent with Chelsea Cutler and his several other solo EPs—has attracted a passionate following, and those fans can expect an even better version of the same this spring.

Upcoming tour dates:

April 30: Dublin @ The Academy

May 2: Paris @ Le Trabendo

May 4: Berlin @ Columbia Theater

May 5: Frankfurt @ Batschkapp

May 7: Zurich @ Dynamo

May 8: Munich @ Technikum

May 9: Vienna @ WUK

May 11: Hamburg @ Gruenspan

May 12: Cologne @ Live Music Hall

May 14: Amsterdam @ Melkweg

May 16: Brussels @ Ancienne Belgique

May 18: London @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

May 21: Morrison, Colorado @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

June 13: New Haven, Connecticut @ Toad’s Place

June 14: Washington, D.C.  @ 9:30 Club

June 15: Boston @ Royale

June 18: New York City @ Terminal 5

June 22: Philadelphia @ Theatre of Living Arts

June 23: Toronto @ Danforth Music Hall

June 24: Detroit, Michigan @ Saint Andrews Hall

June 26: Atlanta, Georgia @ Variety Playhouse

June 27: Nashville @ Brooklyn Bowl

June 28: Chicago @ House of Blues – Chicago

June 29: Minneapolis, Minnesota @ First Avenue

July 2: Dallas @ House of Blues – Dallas

July 3: Houston @ House of Blues – Houston

July 6: Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Depot

July 8: Portland, Oregon @ Crystal Ballroom

July 9: Seattle @ Showbox at the Market

July 11: San Francisco @ The Fillmore

July 14: San Diego, California @ The Observatory – North Park

July 15: Phoenix, Arizona @ The Van Buren

July 17: Los Angeles @The Novo


Photo credit: Meredith Truax

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