Henry McIntyre is a 20 year old singer/songwriter from Boston. Beginning his career at the age of 9, McIntyre played lead guitar in the rock band, Black Diamonds. Throughout his adolescence, the band played venues across New England and Canada. In the band’s 8 year existence, they released two EPs and played venues such as House of Blues Boston and the Hard Rock Cafe. The band even earned the Guiness World Record for the World’s Youngest Professional Rock Band.
After the dissolution of Black Diamonds, McIntyre emerged from the side-stage and launched his solo career. McIntyre released his homegrown and intimate debut album, Highly Influenced in May 2018. He played all of the instruments and handled all of the production. The melancholy energy is centered around McIntyre’s double tracked vocals and melodic guitar work. Lyrically, the album explores the transition from adolescence to adulthood and everything that comes with it.
For his next move, McIntyre decided to expand his scope. McIntyre began creating in a manner similar to that of his debut: recording and producing on his own. However, in contrast to the intimate sound of Highly Influenced, McIntyre decided not to limit himself to any preconceived notions or rules. Inspired by the lofi bliss of bands such as Pavement and Neutral Milk Hotel, McIntyre set out to bring his sound to new heights. The result is Box on the Ear, a sprawling and eclectic set of songs. McIntyre put an increased emphasis on harmonies, textures, and instrumentation, creating a fuller, bigger sound. McIntyre also decided to change his approach lyrically. Instead of offering personal and confessional lyrics, he wrote about an existential crisis brought on by the world around him, and combined it with stream of consciousness musings surrounding human nature and his place in the world. The album was preceded by the single, “Elegy” which showcased McIntyre’s alternative folk sound with the addition of harmonies and a choral breakdown. The second single and title track of the album, “Box on the Ear,” is a perfect example of McIntyre’s growth as an artist. It begins with a haunting acoustic intro that builds to a chaotic wall of distorted guitars and soaring vocals, all while lyrically retaining an abstract feeling of loss.