I started writing Sad City Noise a few years before Rotary Park had even finished recording its first album. I remember getting stuck on what to do with it so it, so the melody just sort of sat on the shelf gathering dust. Years later I was driving with my younger brother Kieran when we noticed a gloomy looking downtown with a churning industrial foreground. At some point the phrase "sad city noise" was uttered and something just clicked. I got back to work on the song in Fox Harbour, Nova Scotia that summer.
The more I wrote, the more I started to be reminded of my older brother. The way he seemed crushed by the inequality he saw while we prepared food at the drop-in centre downtown, or the way he was driven by an almost dangerous sense of social justice. I remember him exhausting himself in his pursuit of a better, freer world. This song is about him and people like him who personally take on the weight of the world. I would hate to know what life would be like if people like that didn't exist.
I don't see my brother much anymore since he's studying film in England, but we talk when we get the chance and I'm always glad to see he hasn't let anything stop him, or even slow him down. he's always been a huge source of inspiration to me personally, so it's not a big surprise I ended up writing a song about him and the way he struggled with the immensity of this world and all its problems. Here's hoping the two of us can get a pint together in a pub in London sooner rather than later.
Words written by Liam Testa