Starting Over

Out January 14th on all streaming platforms

About Starting Over

As the title suggests, “Starting Over” is the signaling of a new beginning for Henry McIntyre. His first release since 2019 unveils a more refined brand of his folk-rock sound. The three minute song is three years in the making. Written in 2018 in his Dorchester dorm room before being recorded in a garage in New Hampshire, the finishing touches were to be added in Spring 2020. Sitting in purgatory during the pandemic, the song was finally completed in late 2021 with drums, Mixing and Mastering by singer/songwriter and Nervous. drummer Owen Korzec. 

Lyrically, the song’s original message drew from McIntyre’s experience moving to Boston and adjusting to life in the city. The song champions a new beginning with hesitancy. It describes a wanted fresh start with the realization it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. However, with the pandemic winding down to the new normal, the song can be seen as a sort of anthem for our current times: moving forward with uncertainty, hesitant about what may come next. In the final emotional climax, the line “I got nothing to do on a Saturday night/I’m a killer socialite but I stayed inside” can be read as an introvert’s confession or our collective experience in the past two years. 

About Henry McIntyre

Henry McIntyre is a singer/songwriter from Boston, MA. Playing a blend of indie folk and Beatlesque pop, mixing catchy melodic choruses with confessional lyrics McIntyre draws artists such as Elliott Smith, the Cure, and the La’s to mind. In short, he is the (self proclaimed) long lost emo Beatle. As a solo artist, McIntyre has played Boston mainstays such as The Middle East Upstairs and The Jungle as well as playing as far as Nashville, Denver, and Los Angeles. 

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 EP, Highly Influenced in May 2018. The melancholy folk songs are 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. The following release, Box on the Ear, was released in May 2019. The more eclectic release was inspired by the lofi bliss of bands such as Pavement and Neutral Milk Hotel. The result was a set of psychedelic folk-rock songs with arrangements emphasizing harmonies, textures, and instrumentation. 

After a long layoff, McIntyre returned with the Beatlesque single, “Starting Over” in early 2022. Featuring a more mature and upbeat sound, the song was nearly four years in the making. Written in 2018, the recording was to be finished before the pandemic. Eventually, the song was revived and completed in 2021 with the help of producer/drummer Owen Korzec. The song was mixed and mastered by Korzec. 

Personnel

Henry McIntyre- Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Bass, Organs

Owen Korzec- Drums, Mixing, Mastering

Tyler Legare- Background Vocals

Abbey Basile- Background Vocals

Lyrics

I got nothing to do on a Saturday night

I’m a killer socialite but I stayed inside

But I guess, I guess

That I got potential to use, don’t know when

Terrence said stay out of that part of town

There’s a lot of lost people who go no way but down

But I guess, I guess

That I’m curious but I still went around

This is starting over I guess

A way to launch a life, to transcend

This is starting over I guess

I wish that I could start again

I got nothing to lose when I stay in my room

But nothing to win to when I pretend I’m fooled

But I guess, I guess

That I got ambition but nothing to prove

This is starting over I guess

A way to launch a life, to transcend

This is starting over I guess

I wish that I could start again

When I think of what I’ve won and lost

Despair comes to a rolling stop

I’ve been thinking in circles to no avail

Run around the problem now but I won’t fail

I got nothing to do on a Saturday night

I’m a killer socialite but I stayed inside

But I guess, I guess

That I got potential to use, don’t know when