Tuesday, August 11, 2015

New Craig Finn Song "Newmyer's Roof"

A few months back we caught two of our favorite singer/songwriters Jason Isbell and Craig Finn.
Finn opened and played all new songs, one stood out because of his very personal story that lead into the track. It was a story about Craig's experience on September 11th 2001. The story was long, winding and almost rumbled off the tracks yet wrapped up positively and sweetly before the band went into "Newmyer's Roof".

He has now released the song and you can hear it below and see his press release to accompany it, which is close to his pre-song story:

I moved to NYC on September 15, 2000.

Just less than a year later came the terrible events of September 11, 2001. I was working at an office in Union Square and my friend and boss Chris Newmyer suggested we come to his apartment on 2nd Avenue in the East Village. We could see the towers from the roof he said.

We went up there and saw the towers burn and then collapse. At some point he suggested we get some beer. I didn't know what to feel that day, most of us had no emotion to access. So we got some beer, and drank them while watching the World Trade Center go down. It sounds detached now, but at the time it made sense on a day when nothing else made sense. I spent some years after that in darkness.

There was a girl in the 33rd floor of one of the towers that was a receptionist at an investment bank. She went to work that day and when the plane hit they asked her to stay where she was. They said it was safest. She decided against that and walked out of the towers and, like the rest of us, did her best to get on with her life.

Some years later I went to a birthday party. I talked to this girl. We talked all night. We fell in love and are still together. I came out of the darkness. I'm glad she didn't do what they told her to do.

"Newmyer's Roof" isn't about this exactly. It's a song about believing that something better is coming. It's a song about light after darkness. It's about Faith in the Future.
We here at RtBE are huge fans of Finn, The Hold Steady and everything he touches. He is the songwriter we closest identify with on the scene and this song works with a great chorus and excellent electric guitar work to close.

We are highly anticipating Faith In The Future this Fall and can't wait to give it a listen.  

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