he family of Australian, actor Harry Hains has released his first posthumous single “Good Enough” today, [click here to listen] following the unfortunate passing of the artist in January this year. The song, released under Harry’s artist name ANTIBOY, is the first track from the Melbourne born artist’s forthcoming concept EP ‘A Glitch in Paradise’, due out later this year.
A multi-dimensional and compelling musician, actor (most noted for American Horror Story and The OA,) artist, and acclaimed model, Harry didn’t define himself by the constructs surrounding us. On the heels of PRIDE and at a time when society is rising up to break down old systems of oppression and demanding equality for all, Harry’s inclusive perspective and forward-thinking vision, 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 patch 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, following heavily in the footsteps of his mother and acclaimed actress, Jane Badler.
Harry’s concept of ANTIBOY offers a portal into an age of existence where there is complete unparalleled freedom to live without preconceptions and societal labels. In a robot utopia where there is no inequality, prejudice, or toxicity, Harry (as the genderless robotic character ANTIBOY) imagines a world in which human and machine co-exist and eventually conjoin. Harry lived this 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, and Harry’s robotic, neutral vocal delivery negates gender and labels, opening up a conversation about what the future of our species should and could be.
“ANTIBOY represents the idea that most things that we are taught to believe in are an illusion. The idea of gender, sexuality and race are social constructs. ANTIBOY is this place of true equality. The surface doesn’t really matter anymore. It’s really who we are…that’s what matters – the amalgamation of our memories and experiences. We are one human consciousness.” – Harry Hains
An amalgamation of rock, electronica and gothic pop that cannot be distilled into one type of genre or emotional palette, the songs on A Glitch In Paradise reveal that ANTIBOY is not a perfect specimen, but instead a malfunctioning robot in pain, introduced in the lyrics of “Good Enough,” a track that questions being good enough for a partner and feeling incapable of moving on – “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 for us … 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,” Harry sings gently over emo guitar chords and sparse beats.
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. Although Harry isn’t here to speak for his creations, they speak for him, offering up the view he had for a limitless and more modernized world.