In the evocative new visuals from acclaimed singer-songwriter Dan Owen, a man writhes around in bed, helplessly watching the hours go by, contorting in anger and frustration – at war with his own intrusive thoughts, past memories and turbulent emotions.
A powerful shot of bluesy-pop, “Boys Don’t Cry” challenges mental health stereotypes and societal expectations in men. Gentle guitar strums simmer the track into life, before the raw gritty vocals of Shrewsbury-hailed Owen soars with emotion, and the chorus builds the textured production to a crescendo.
“We still live by the same old concept of what guys should be like,” explains Owen. “Boys and men shouldn’t be vulnerable, they’re expected to go on as if nothing happened – even when it tears them apart inside. But if you don’t deal with your problems, internally you turn into stone, until eventually you completely break down. It is something that stretches across all layers of society – and it’s humiliating.”
Watch the music video for “Boys Don’t Cry” below…