Pablo Brooks Shares New Single ‘Boy Don't Cry’

German singer and songwriter Pablo Brooks shares his brand new single Boy Don't Cry, the latest single to be taken from his upcoming sophomore EP Pleaser, out on July 7th under Believe Digital. 
What I like the most about this song is how confident and dynamic his vocal delivery is, gliding effortlessly over the infectious indie-pop production. Boy Don't Cry is a song about toxic masculinity and toxic relationships, showing how manipulative some people can be, making one co-dependent and repressing their feelings. Sadly this is a very relatable topic but I like the way Pablo shines a light on this, ending up encouraging people to be true to their feelings. Apart from his lush vocals, I am particularly fond of the groovy bassline and how the song builds up in energy and explodes inti a massive, guitar-driven alt-pop chorus. 
Accompanying the release, Pablo Brooks shares its striking visuals, directed by Nils Ladewig, which beautifully enhance the song's energy and message. Check it out below!



Pablo on Boy Don’t Cry
Boy Don’t Cry is a song about toxic relationships, as well as toxic masculinity. I wrote this one after getting out of a very toxic, manipulative relationship with someone. Basically this person was continually gaslighting me into thinking I was being ego-centric and I was very much falling for this. I think we get caught up really easily in attaching ourselves to people only because they temporarily fulfil some fantasy we put inside out head. This song really goes in depth about the co-dependency in toxic relationships, especially the one that I was in — knowing that the behaviour of the other person is having a negative impact on you, but not being able to leave, because the thrill of unstable love feels so intoxicating, almost like some crazy drug. I really liked playing with the concept of the whole ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ saying, because it’s obviously a really problematic statement in itself, forcing young boys to be scared of vulnerability and to bottle up their emotions. But thought it would be a funny thing to shout at someone who treated you like shit, because they were projecting all their insecurities onto you — kind of saying ‘You don’t get to play the victim here’. As a queer man, I try very hard to open myself up to other people and share my experiences authentically, but obviously I’m also someone who is influenced by the values that young boys are exposed to and I am obviously not exempt from toxic masculinity, which is something I struggle with a lot. So the ‘Boy Don’t Cry’ exclamation is also directed to myself in a way. It’s my subconscious telling me not to be vulnerable with someone and that emotions are a sign of weakness. Which is utter bullshit, but it’s very hard to fight this. There’s a line in the song (‘Save me from the things I want’), that made me let out a huge sigh of relief, when I wrote it. It felt like saying everything I’ve been wanting to say for a long time. The only person who can save me from the things I want is myself and that’s a freeing realisation, but it’s not an easy one."