Track Of The Week – Kevin P. Gilday & The Glasgow Cross – Sensitive Man
Kevin P. Gilday takes apart the tropes of modern masculinity and finds himself identifying with the sensitive, weak, kind and (kind of) serious. An anti-lad anthem built around a raucous riff from Ralph Hector, it reappropriates the energy of an indie-club hit and instead turns it into a personal plea to accept the multitudes of yourself in the face of binary identification. An alternative banger with a big message of self-love and self-acceptance.
Switching between trademark spoken-word delivery and soaring vocals, Gilday announces himself as a writer and performer with something vital to say about the world around him in an era of blandness. Unflinchingly exploring mental health, grief, inferiority and tumbling self-esteem – the track packs a decidedly millennial punch in its short duration – inspiring multiple listens to fully capture the richness of the language.
‘It’s really a little window into my mind’, says Gilday, ‘I hope that by singing about sensitivity and embracing the part of yourself that the world often deems as “feminine” I can encourage other men to do the same – to see themselves as a beautiful mess of emotions and feelings – and not to put themselves into the increasingly toxic box of masculinity.’
A Sensitive Man is the first single from the forthcoming album, Pure Concrete, released on Iffy Folk Records in May.