Demi Lovato Faces Addiction to New Rock Song ‘Skin of My Teeth’

Pop superstar Demi Lovato announced her return to rock earlier this week as she released the news about her upcoming album, HOLY FVCand now the first new rock single, “Skin of My Teeth”, has arrived, complete with a music video where she plays a serious metal guitar – a Jackson King V. And sparks and smoke come out of that guitar too.

The track has an immediate sense of urgency, opening with two snare beats and a few chords, after which Lovato delivers the line in a sardonic vocal tone, “Demi comes out of rehab again“, as she begins to confront the nature of addiction while expressing that she is grateful that she is still alive.

The chorus importantly notes that addiction is a disease, as Lovato yearns for personal freedom and to be free from the habits she seems to have no control over.

Helping to build the connection with Lovato’s return to rock, the guitar tones here carry some weight and there’s a bouncy energy that immediately recalls iconic artists like Pat Benatar and Joan Jett. But what really seals the deal is its V-shaped guitar, which borrows from KISS legend Ace Frehley when smoke and spark effects come out of the headstock.

Watch the “Skin of My Teeth” music video at the bottom of the page and read the song’s lyrics below as well.

HOLY FVCwhich will arrive on August 19, is Lovato’s first rock album since her second album in 2009. Here we go again. Pre-order the album here.

“The process of making this album has been the most rewarding so far, and I am grateful to my fans and collaborators for being on this journey with me,” Lovato said earlier this week in a statement about her new album. “I’ve never been more sure of myself and my music, and this record speaks for itself. To my Lovatics who have been following me since the beginning and to those who are coming now, thank you. Record is for you,” she continued.

Clarifying what fans can expect from her latest sound, Lovato added, “When I say heaviness, I don’t mean lyrically, but heaviness like in some of the sounds I haven’t done before, which is exciting. It’s a new era. of my first age.”

Catch Lovato on her US tour on the tour dates seen below the music video, with support coming from Dead Sara and Royal & The Serpent, each on select dates. Tickets go on sale at 10am local time today (June 10) at this location.

Lyrics by Demi Lovato, “Skin of My Teeth” (via Genius)

Demi comes out of rehab again
When will this shit end?
Sounds like the voice in my head
I can’t believe I’m not dead

I’m alive by the skin of my teeth
I survived but it got harder to breathe
Asking why don’t you make it easier
go easier with me
Damn I just want to be free
But I can’t ’cause it’s a damn disease
I’m alive for my skin

(Woo-hoo, ooh)
(Woo-hoo, ooh)

The reaper knocks on my door
‘Cause I’m addicted to more
I don’t need you to keep score
When I’m the one at war

I’m alive by the skin of my teeth
I survived but it got harder to breathe
Asking why don’t you make it easier
go easier with me
Damn I just want to be free
But I can’t ’cause it’s a damn disease
I’m alive for my skin

I’m just trying to keep my head above water
I am your son and I am your daughter
i am your mother i am your father
I’m just a product of the problem
I’m just trying to keep my head above water
I am your son and I am your daughter
i am your mother i am your father
I’m alive

I’m alive by the skin of my teeth
Won’t you try to have a little mercy on me?
Asking why don’t you make it easier
go easier with me
Damn I just want to be free
But I can’t ’cause it’s a damn disease
I’m alive for my skin

Woo-hoo, ooh (oh yeah)
Woo-hoo, ooh (I’m alive for)
Woo-hoo, ooh (by the skin of my teeth)

Demi Lovato’s US tour dates

August 13 – Springfield, Il. @ Illinois State Fair
August 14 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Iowa State Fair
September 22 – Wheatland, California @ Hard Rock Live Sacramento *
September 23 – Reno, Nev. @ Grand Sierra Resort and Casino *
September 25 – Portland, Ore. @ Theater of the Clouds *
September 27 – San Francisco, California @ The Masonic *
September 28 – Inglewood, California @ YouTube Theater ^
September 30 – Las Vegas, Nevada @ The Venetian Theater inside The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas ^
October 03 – Denver, Colorado @ Fillmore Auditorium ^
October 5 – Rosemont, Illinois @ Rosemont Theater ^
October 07 – Detroit, Michigan @ Fox Theater Detroit ^
October 9 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theater ^
October 10 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem ^
October 12 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ The Met Philadelphia ^
October 13 – Boston, Massachusetts @ MGM Music Hall at Fenway ^
October 15 – Toronto, Ontario @ History ^
October 16 – Montreal, Quebec @ L’Olympia ^
October 18 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theater ^
October 21 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater *
Oct. 23 – Atlanta, Ga. @Coca-Cola Roxy*
October 25 – Nashville, Tennessee @ Ryman Auditorium *
October 28 – Tampa, Florida @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino *
October 30 – Hollywood, Florida @ Hard Rock Event Center *
November 1 – New Orleans, Louisiana @ Fillmore New Orleans *
November 03 – Houston, Texas @ 713 Music Hall *
November 6 – Irving, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory *

* DEAD SARAH
^ Royal and the Serpent

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