Sean Henry

  • Sean Henry

    Sean Posila, who records under the moniker Sean Henry, has been writing music since he was a kid. On A Jump from the High Dive, his second proper full-length, childhood and adulthood coalesce to display his most confident and animated work to date. 

    On lead single “Rain, Rain,” he sings in mantras over repurposed nursery rhyme melodies you feel you have known your whole life, melodies he wrote as a child. “Rain, Rain come to me, come to me today,” Sean would sing to himself at age eight, hopeful for cancellations of his little league baseball games. The track itself feels like swimming, drenched in reverb and tremolo hitting you in waves. “I had been sitting on that melody for half my life,” he reveals. 

    Sean Henry’s new collection is a departure from the more straightforward garage rock found on 2018 release Fink. But the signature Sean Henry moments are still there -- simultaneously innocent, in-your-face and endearingly strange. A Jump from the High Dive is a bundle of energy through a focused lens, each song reminiscent of the standout track on a gifted mix CD. 

    After Sean returned home to suburban Connecticut in 2019 (“New York had broken up with me”), he adopted a “religious 9 to 5” mentality: working on the record and listening to old hip-hop and ‘90s alternative CDs in his car.

    “I was doing a lot of couch surfing, living where I grew up in a Connecticut ghost town and touring around the country. I was all over the place. Amidst trying to sort things out, I wanted to make my version of a pop album.” 

    And he did — album opener “Can U” bursts through with harmonica, claps, shakers, and undeniably fun guitar licks. Elsewhere, A Jump from the High Dive isn’t afraid to let funk-inspired basslines take the lead on occasion, most notably on “Surf Song” a danceable energetic pop-rock tune complete with cowbell. 

    A Jump from the High Dive was co-produced with Brian Antonucci, who Sean anointed his “teenage guru” after meeting in Catholic high school and bonding over a Dead Kennedys’ t-shirt. The two spent countless hours fine tuning the songs in the studio, even sleeping there. Sean recalls tracking most of the songs with a “scrapbooking” approach. “Starting with the drums and bass, we would build a foundation, sometimes making our own instrumental samples specifically for drums, inspired by hip-hop songs. There would be elements from the demos that we couldn’t beat so we would keep the original version instead or sample our favorite elements from it.” Similar to early records from Wilco and Beck, they employed a “spiritual layer” on each song — an ambient and noisy track that adds a layer of support on the song, complemented by polished pop elements. 

    From beginning to end, A Jump from the High Dive provides a musical backdrop for the dark and the light, the unrestrained moments of both childhood and adulthood, the frustration of displacement. 

    While finishing up the album and returning to New York City, Sean was staying up all night caring for his cat Ned, whose health was rapidly declining. Unaware of the cat’s death, painter Axiom Le Fou sent over a draft of the album art in the morning, adorned with an orange cat because “they always land on their feet.” 

    The imagery was supernatural and appropriate, for Sean Henry, too, always manages to land on his feet.


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    Sean Henry's A Jump from the High Dive out now


    Sean Henry's A Jump from the High Dive is out today! On his second proper full-length, childhood and adulthood coalesce to display his most confident and animated work to date. Don't miss Sean and the band on tour throughout the US with Spirit Was this November!

    "a perfect slice of throwback slacker alt-rock, the sound of a slowly twisting radio dial in 1996. It leads with its melodies, all of which are engineered to burrow into your brain, but it will leap off into shameless funk breakdowns and pop-rock riffs at a moment's notice.” - the FADER

    “…Sean Henry is completing his transition from DIY pop rock savant (first as Boy Crush, and then in the short-lived High Pop) to a fully-realized songwriting auteur.”- Post-Trash

    "Through lenses of wonky pop, alt-rock and even hip-hop, Henry’s heartfelt, charming songs feel like they’ve been unearthed rather than created."- Paste Magazine



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    Upcoming Tour Dates:

    11.01.19 - Middletown, CT @ MAC 650 Gallery w/ Spirit Was
    11.02.19 - Portland, ME @ Sun Tiki Studios w/ Spirit Was
    11.03.19 - Montreal, QC @ Bistro De Paris w/ Spirit Was
    11.04.19 - Toronto, ON @ Baby G w/ Spirit Was
    11.05.19 - Windsor, ON @ Meteor w/ Spirit Was
    11.06.19 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Shakepeares Lower Level w/ Spirit Was
    11.07.19 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Spirit Was
    11.08.19 - Fort Wayne, IA @ Brass Rail w/ Spirit Was
    11.10.19 - Pittsburg, PA @ Funhouse at Mr. Smalls w/ Spirit Was
    11.11.19 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's Locker Room w/ Spirit Was
    11.12.19 - Buffalo, NY @ 9th Ward w/ Spirit Was
    11.16.19 - Baltimore, MD @ Joe2 w/ Spirit Was
    11.17.19 - Washington, DC @ Songbird Cafe w/ Spirit Was
    11.18.19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's w/ Spirit Was
    11.22.19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right (NYC release show)

    Find tickets on our tour page!

    Sean Henry releases "Surf Song" + video

    Sean Henry shares "Surf Song" off his upcoming album, A Jump from the High Dive, due November 1st. Directed by Ryan Schnackenberg, the accompanying video is a playful if not slightly exaggerated look into a day in the life of Henry. A remark from Sean Henry himself on the tune - "you can almost smell the red bull on this track! If you can, please listen while in motion."

    "It’s snotty and devilish, building a mumbled chant into a scuzzy, hard-wired rock track" - Stereogum


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    PRE-ORDER A JUMP FROM THE HIGH DIVE

    A Jump From The High Dive LP (preorder)

    Fink Cassette


    Upcoming Tour Dates:

    11/1 - Middletown, CT @ MAC 650 Gallery w/ Spirit Was

    11/2 - Portland, ME @ Sun Tiki Studios w/ Spirit Was

    11/3 - Montreal, QC @ Bistro De Paris w/ Spirit Was

    11/4 - Toronto, ON @ Baby G w/ Spirit Was

    11/5 - Windsor, ON @ Meteor w/ Spirit Was

    11/6 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Shakepeares Lower Level w/ Spirit Was

    11/7 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Spirit Was

    11/8 - Fort Wayne, IA @ Brass Rail w/ Spirit Was

    11/10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Funhouse at Mr. Smalls w/ Spirit Was

    Find tickets on our tour page!

    Sean Henry debuts single "Rain, Rain" + Announces newest LP


    Sean Henry announces second full length, A Jump From the High Dive, out November 1st. Born from adult recollections of childhood musings of canceled little league baseball games, lead single "Rain, Rain" is drenched in nostalgia and reintroduces Henry with a newly revived sound. Reflecting on the inspiration behind the album Henry describes what life looked when the record was realized - “I was doing a lot of couch surfing, living where I grew up in a Connecticut ghost town and touring around the country. I was all over the place. Amidst trying to sort things out, I wanted to make my version of a pop album.”


    "‘Rain Rain’ teases a subtle shift in trajectory from the grungy, grittier elements. Here [he] leans into a marginally cleaner tone. The melody sounds almost like a solo-career George Harrison riff; an easy but surprising progression, a shinier high end, and a fondness for a minor drop. Henry’s guitar sounds like rain feels. It’s cooling." - popbollocks



    Listen on:
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    Apple Music
    Bandcamp



    Pre-order A Jump from the High Dive

    A Jump From The High Dive LP (preorder)

    Fink Cassette



    Upcoming Tour Dates:

    9/13 - New York, NY @ Market Hotel w/ Joy Again

    9/26 - New Haven, CT @ State House w/ Vundabar, And The Kids, Indigo De Souza

    11/1 - Middletown, CT @ MAC 650 Gallery w/ Spirit Was

    11/2 - Portland, ME @ Sun Tiki Studios w/ Spirit Was

    11/3 - Montreal, QC @ Bistro De Paris w/ Spirit Was

    11/4 - Toronto, ON @ Baby G w/ Spirit Was

    11/5 - Windsor, ON @ Meteor w/ Spirit Was

    11/6 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Shakepeares Lower Level w/ Spirit Was

    11/7 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Spirit Was

    11/8 - Fort Wayne, IA @ Brass Rail w/ Spirit Was

    11/10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Funhouse at Mr. Smalls w/ Spirit Was

    Find tickets on our tour page!