Box on the Ear

Bio

Henry McIntyre is a 19 year old singer/songwriter based in 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 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 the 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. Henry McIntyre’s new album, Box on the Ear, is slated for release on May 24th, 2019.

Box on the Ear

  1. Leopold
  2. Ordinary Men
  3. Box on the Ear
  4. Suffering
  5. Liberation
  6. Elegy
  7. Perfect Things
  8. Somewhere
  9. Give Me Life
  10. Ghosts in the Fog Pt. 1
  11. Ghosts in the Fog Pt. 2

Credits

Henry McIntyre- Production, Mixing except on track 2, Mastering except on track 2, Guitars, Bass, Drums, Piano, Mandolin, Vocals

Tyler Legare- Vocals on track 3 and 9, Guitar track 9, Percussion track 9

Abbey Basile- Vocals tracks 1, 5, 8

Merit McIntyre- Vocals track 8

Aj Marks- Mixing track 2, Mastering Track 9

Cover art by Tyler Legare, Grace McIntyre, and Will Dickson

All Songs Written by Henry McIntyre

Lyrics

  1. Leopold

Kings are losing power all across the world

Deferring to the voices of people once unheard

But now I’ve found my turn

A land to be proud of a land that’s all my own

Full of nameless people who are living in their zone

The world may never learn

One step ahead of the world’s natural turn

Found a way to spin it all to justify its worth

Where’s all your concern?

Men bring me the right hand to justify the kill

Just like I take the profits to justify myself

They’ll never return

Dad needed warning just to catch his eye

While I was trained on horseback, more interest in counting dimes

Look what it was for

Forced into my life of loneliness and still

I’ve found a way to fight what I want and I will still

In 100 years few have fussed

Radiator too hot to touch

Erase my life away

Make them all believe that I am the most generous of Kings

Heart is too cold to love

History of myself is rough

The memory of the nameless, faceless

Is loss

2. Ordinary Men

We lose all self control when we get

The power to life and to death

And I’d be no different I know that I’d let

The power get into my head

Ordinary Men can kill

There’s no exception

Ordinary Men can Kill

And I’m no different

Ordinary Men can Kill

And to ourselves we say so long

1,600 Souls a piece

The teachers, the old men, police

Leaders of institutions protect

Now lead the cleansing of death

Ordinary Men can kill

There’s no exception

Ordinary Men can Kill

And I’m no different

Ordinary Men can Kill

There’s no solution

Ordinary Men can Kill

And to ourselves we say so long

3. Box on the Ear

One man thought you wouldn’t care

Because no one spoke their massacre

Creating unity is what its for

Hide it all behind the guise of war

Take them to the desert

Throw them in the sea

So many questions like

Is this unity?

Take them to desert

Throw them in the sea

How would it be different

If it was you and me?

A fading empire crumbling at the edge

Falls apart and won’t live again

Box on the ear, kill ambitions

And soon you find you’re killing generations

Take them to the desert

Throw them in the sea

So many questions like

Is this unity?

Take them to desert

Throw them in the sea

How would it be different

If it was you and me?

This is what you want

This is what you are

4.Suffering

Guess he found a better way for life

Finally has the power

And he has the might

To do what he wants

And end his somber life

Never thought just to fix his mind

Fix his mind

Now he puts a spike into his vein

Found a way to numb eternal pain

Hope he’ll find, Hope he’ll realize

That his pain just won’t go away

With a high

I hope someday

There’ll be no more sorrow, no more pain

But for today there’ll be suffering in some new place

Now he found a steady paying job

Makes phone calls, his days are all a fog

Hope he finds, hope he’ll realize

That he lives for a hollow enterprise and not his life

Not his life

I hope someday

There’ll be no more sorrow, no more pain

But for today there’ll be suffering in some new place

Another lifeless face

Another life to waste

Another empty face

It all starts with suffering

5. Liberation

Don’t you wish that liberation was as happy as it sounds?

Don’t you wish that we could live on, we could live as one

Liberation never came for some

How do you live on when all these things are done?

How do I live on

With all these things on my mind

Well I tried so hard to forget the past

But when it’s gone it comes back fast

Images of train stations

and all these things that I can’t comprehend

I can’t comprehend it all because it’s just fate

It never came for some

How do I live on?

With all these things on my mind

Liberation

6. Elegy

Searching for a way to keep important things away

Sometimes what’s on my mind needs to unwind

And I don’t think you understand

That it is all out of my hands

And I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to everything

I feel the pain of those I don’t know

But I try to let it go, you know

This is an elegy to all the things we left behind

An elegy, an elegy

Tried so hard to forget what brings down my mind

I’ve been talking ‘bout all these ways to change myself

The only thing that I do is nothing

I find myself preoccupied, solutions I don’t ever find

And I feel the pain of those I don’t know

But I try to let it go, you know

This is an elegy to all the things I left behind

An elegy, an elegy

Tried so hard to forget what brings down my mind

There is too much wrong

To make it right now

Is there too much to overcome?

This an elegy to all the thing I left behind

An elegy, an elegy

This an elegy to all the things you won’t believe

People gone, the damage done

7. Perfect Things

This is an existential crisis backed by stone cold evidence

You have no control of some things that control you and everything

But it’s alright to deny

There is a place I go when it is all too much now to take

But when I leave that clarity I find that it is all now fake

But it’s alright, I can hide

I confide in you

That there’s only truth in what I say and what I do

We only love perfect things

And we only fix broken things

When you’re broke and beaten down,

There’ll be no one left around

Because we only only love perfect things

There was a time I only feared that what I did was only wrong

I was depleted and defeated, had my back against the wall

But it’s alright, now I’m fine

I got this feeling that this feeling will be coming back again

I got this feeling that my feelings are the one that always wins

But it’s alright because we all die

I confide in you

That there’s only truth in what I say and what I do

We only love perfect things

And we only fix broken things

When you’re broke and beaten down,

There’ll be no one left around

Because we only only love perfect things

8. Somewhere

I need a glimmer of light

A single shooting ray of sunshine

Somewhere far away there’d be only right

I hope someday I’ll do right

Find strength and will that’s inside

Somewhere far away, there’d be only right

In some other land

There’d be a blimp in the plan

Extending my hands, hope others now can

9.Give me Life

God spoke to me in events today

Said that’s how quickly I can take it away

So you, you better be grateful son

Been living my life in all these careless ways

Sulking while the little things all circulate

But now my ignorance is well and done

Please give me life

Just one day at a time

I’ll make it all worthwhile

Please give me life

You overcompensate to take it away

You take another rip and then it all stays the same

Oh please, take me to another world

You overcompensate to make the best of things

You shake it all up to make me think

Oh please, beat me down until I learn

Please give me life

Just one day at a time

I’ll make it all worthwhile

Please give me life

Running in circles, we’re chasing our tails

Escape from the fact that someday we all fail

Hoping the door to a life won’t get shut

Hold on to something, I just don’t know what

So many things that I don’t know about

I live with the fear of success and of doubt

I get hung up on the things that I did

Get up off your back now

And lighten up you kid

God spoke to me in events today

Said that’s how quickly I could take it away

So you, you better be grateful son

Please give me life

Just one day at a time

I’ll make it all worthwhile

Please give me life

10.Ghosts in the Fog Pt. 1

If there’s anything that you want

Never come to me

Because I got no respect for useless things

Be careful not to plead

About every passing thing

Because you never know what comes to be

If I could know all these people thats I sing about

The world would be a better place to be

I don’t know what keeps me going  

I don’t know what keeps me going on

When I’m lost

Well if there’s anything that you want

Be careful to fill needs

Because you never know where you will be  

Perspective is the key to happiness you see

And now I only respect basic needs

I don’t know what keeps me going

I don’t know when there’s so much going on

There’s people and there’s places haunted by the ghosts

Of the people who came there fate horrifically

And how can I live in that world?

Well if there’s anything that you want

Think about what you need

And when I think of killing I think Lalala

I don’t know what keeps me going

I don’t know in a world that has done wrong

In a world that has done wrong

There’s ghosts in the fog but clouds in the sky

But I don’t decide what’s right

There’s ghosts in the fog

There’s deception and lies

There’s people here that died

There’s people here that I will never know

But I wish that wasn’t so

Well if there’s anything that you want

Never come to me

If there’s anything you need

You got a friend in me

11. Ghosts in the Fog Pt. 2

The world will put you in your place

Leave you with nothing to say

Will put you in your place

How do I go about my day

Knowing all of these things

They put me in my place

There’s ghosts in the fog

But there’s clouds in the sky

There’s music and there’s people here that don’t ask why

And I don’t know what you’ve been told but

There’s people and they’re family and they’re not alive

There’s ghosts in the fog

There’s deception and lies

There’s people and they are faces they were left to die

And I don’t know what I can do

So I just think about what is left to lose

Death it happens everyday

In each and every place

Pretend it’s far away

How as I realize their fate

How do I stay away

And hope it’s not my fate

There’s ghosts in the fog

But there’s clouds in the sky

There’s music and there’s people here that don’t ask why

And I don’t know what you’ve been told but

There’s people and they’re family and they’re not alive

There’s ghosts in the fog

There’s deception and lies

There’s people and they are faces they were left to die

And I don’t know what I can do

So I just think about what is left to lose