According to a press release, “vampire” is “imbued with a sense of maturity and a bold confidence,” and the single artwork references the poster for the 1986 horror film Dracula Has Risen from the Grave. Rodrigo co-wrote the song along with Daniel Nigro, with whom she also collaborated on SOUR.
Beginning with a somber piano arrangement, the single blossoms into a vehicle for Rodrigo’s candid, emotional performance. Each verse details an abusive relationship, illustrating the “torture” she endured while building musical tension. It comes to a head after the chorus, when she reaches the lines: “Bloodsucker/ Fame fucker/ Bleeding me dry like a goddamn vampire.” When this line arrives following the second verse, the arrangement opens up to a high-energy backbeat, akin to the more upbeat tracks from SOUR.
Rodrigo first teased “vampire” earlier in the month, and the song quickly garnered attention from fans. One among them was a famous “vampire” himself: Taylor Lautner, who replied to Rodrigo’s post on Instagram announcing the single with, “K WHO TF BIT YOU.”
GUTS, which Rodrigo has said is “about growing pains and trying to figure out who I am at this point in my life,” will arrive on September 8th via Geffen. Read more about it here.
— Olivia Rodrigo (@oliviarodrigo) June 28, 2023