The family of Harry Hains recently released his first posthumous single “Good Enough”.
The song, released under Harry’s artist name ANTIBOY, is the first track from his forthcoming concept album A Glitch in Paradise, due out later this year. “Good Enough” is a song that questions being good enough for a partner. The songs on the album reveal that ANTIBOY is not a perfect specimen. ANTIBOY is a malfunctioning robot in pain, stuck in a loop of heartache, introduced in the lyrics of “Good Enough” – “You remind me how it hurts / Make me forget what I learned / Remind me how it hurts / Maybe it’s all too much / Maybe I’m not pure enough for you? / Maybe I’m not good enough for you / Maybe It’s too much force for you / You won’t tell me that you love me / Why do I try / You won’t tell me that you love me / It’s all a lie.” A multi-dimensional and compelling musician, actor (most noted for American Horror Story and The OA,) artist, and model, Harry didn’t define himself by the constructs surrounding us, and his concept of ANTIBOY offers a portal into an age of existence where there is complete unparalleled freedom to live without preconceptions and societal labels. At a time when society is rising up to break down old systems and demanding equality for all, Harry’s extraordinary perspective, found at the intersection of our conversations on sexuality, gender, race and self-expression, endures because of its cultural relevance. Growing up in Melbourne, Australia, Harry’s uniquely imaginative mind blossomed as a child. He created horror films on his camcorder and wrote short stories and countless poems inspired by Sylvia Plath and EE Cummings. His path eventually led him to London for modeling and then to LA to pursue his passions for acting and music. He lived, ate and breathed music, film and art creation. For Harry, art should not be constrained to what it has been previously, just as human existence should be free to evolve. His songs are Trojan Horses packed with such revolutionary ideals.
Through his forthcoming posthumous concept album, A Glitch In Paradise – an amalgamation of rock, electronica and gothic pop- Harry (as the robotic character ANTIBOY) imagines a world in which human and machine co-exist and eventually conjoin. In this robot utopia, there is no inequality, prejudice, or toxicity. But this is more than just imagining – Harry lived it through his own identity, which was gender fluid, shapeshifting and open to interpretation just like his music. The focus on artificial intelligence, of non-binary existence, negates gender and labels. Harry never used gender pronouns and would deliver his vocal performance in a way that almost mimicked robotic voices, maintaining a neutrality. ANTIBOY, who has not been assigned a gender, opens up a conversation about what the future of our species should and could be. Although Harry isn’t here to speak for his creations, they speak for him, offering up the view he had for a more inclusive, more modernized world. You can connect with ANTIBOY and stay up-to-date with all upcoming news via the following links. Photo credit: Candice Ghai.