When Harry Hains passed away in January 2020 at the age of just 28, he tragically joined a way-too-long list of talented performers prematurely plucked from the world. A promising multi-hyphenate, Hains had a successful career as a model, and was making inroads in the film and television industries, clocking appearances on the TV series American Horror Story, Sneaky Pete and The OA, and in indie films like Groupies, Chase and The Mangled.
Hains also left his fingerprints on the music world, recording and performing under the moniker of Antiboy. This, however, was no typical musical project, but something more akin to an art installation, with its own narrative and mythology. The music unspools in a robot utopia where there is no inequality, prejudice, or toxicity, with the gender fluid Hains – under the guise of the gender neutral cyborg, Antiboy – positing a world in which human and machine have happily melded. An amalgamation of rock, electronica and gothic pop, Antiboy’s rich musical tapestry is laid out on the EP, A Glitch In Paradise.
Prior to the release of A Glitch In Paradise, Harry’s family – his mother is US-born, Australian-based actress and singer, Jane Badler (best known for her unforgettable role on the sci-fi TV mini-series, V), and his father is artist, Stephen Hains – have released “Good Enough”, the first single from the recording for free online. Check it out below, and witness what might have been…
“Antiboy represents the idea that most things that we are taught to believe in are an illusion,” Harry Hains said before his passing. “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.”
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