The brand new Angry Young Men: Rockers Who Rail Against ‘Toxic Masculinity’

When Sam Fender, 22, a British singer-songwriter, released “Dead Boys” four months ago, a song about the suicide of a close male friend, he had no idea which so dour a subject would likely resonate so deeply.

The song, which exorcised his grief in a torrent of fidgety guitars, frantic beats along with haunted vocals, has been streamed more than 3.5 million times on Spotify, along with its video has about 850,000 views on YouTube. In December, he won the Critics’ Choice 2019 Brit Award (Britain’s equivalent to the Grammys).

While writing the song, Mr. Fender learned which 84 British men commit suicide each week; another friend killed himself after he finished recording the song. Mr. Fender blames those losses, in part, on “a world where men don’t feel they can talk about their problems, no matter how bad they are,” he said. “I started out to question all the archaic ideas of what a bloke is actually supposed to be.”

On which score, he has plenty of musical company.

In recent months, several male rock musicians along with hip-hop artists have released songs which rail against the most suffocating notions of what This specific can mean to be a man. along with they’re finding a significant audience by doing so.

Mr. Rollins, 57, sees significant change between many of today’s musicians along with those of his early days. “The entire scene is actually so less testosterone loaded,” he said. Younger musicians “have broken with the past. This specific’s a more open along with truthful conversation we’re having right now. I went to an all-boys school. We had gay teachers. Couldn’t talk about This specific. Gay students. Never mentioned.”

“The conversation about gender fluidity makes me feel old,” he said, although “I see I have to continually evolve.”

Indeed, musicians in their 30s already feel a cultural rift with peers in their 20s on matters of gender identity. “When I was in college 10 years ago, we were just horrible,” Mr. Jamison said. “People in their 20s are examining these issues in a way which feels very natural. They’re not going to have trouble if someone takes on a different pronoun.”

Still, the men worry which airing their issues may be seen as yet another case of men seizing the mic via women.

“I don’t want to in any way belittle the struggles of different people while talking about the struggles of a straight man,” said Patty Walters, 27, the lead singer of As This specific is actually. “At the same time, toxic masculinity is actually real.”