TUNE The Caress - Man Up
‘Man Up’ is the second single taken from The Caress’ debut EP ‘You Say I Kiss Like A Girl’. The track is a short, catchy pop song built on a crisp rhythm section and memorable bass hook with jangling guitars and three part harmonies, inspired by 60s Girl Bands and the works of Phil Spector. Lyrically the song deals with themes of masculinity, commenting on modern society’s archaic ideas of what it is to be a man.
The accompanying music video, directed by Michael McGlew and starring BBC 2’s Cradle To Grave actor Laurie Kynaston, follows a day in the life of a young man with stereotypically 'unmasculine' characteristics, who becomes aware of, and isolated by, many of the features that have come to define 'laddishness'. This is the second time Laurie, who also plays Johnny Marr in the Morrissey biopic England Is Mine, has collaborated with the band, having starred in the video for their debut self-released single ‘Why Don’t We Take A Walk By The Sea?’ in 2016.