On the new single of his forthcoming solo album, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Walter Martin pays tribute to a dear friend who played alongside him in one of rock and roll's most criminally overlooked bands.
"The World At Night (For Stew)" eulogizes the late Stewart Lupton, frontman of the mercurial garage rock outfit, Jonathan Fire*Eater. During the mid 90s, the D.C. quintet's raucous live shows helped them score a lavish major label deal and greatly influence future indie rock royalty: the Strokes, Interpol, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Walkmen, which formed featuring Martin and several other ex-Fire*Eater members after the band's 1998 breakup.
"'The World at Night' takes place inside a collage that my friend Stewart made," Martin tells Billboard. "Stew died last year and his collage hangs above my desk where I write everyday. I’m not really a religious person but I do believe in ghosts and in magic and in plenty of beautiful stuff that I can’t see. Writing this album -- and especially this song -- was an effort to get closer to that stuff. And to Stew."