Honest Iago‘s latest is coming from a place of grit and strength, aptly titled “A Glorious Field for Sawmills”. Opening at full speed, this ode to unsung laborers blends electric country plucking and frustrating vocals of punk into something we haven’t heard in years. Fans of Old 97’s will remember that these anthemic sounds have a way of keeping us together. As we go about our days progressing into automated futures, we mustn’t forget that our society is hoisted up on breaking backs.
This single is cut from their upcoming sophomore record, 29 Palmsout later this fall and is available for pre-order here. Stay tuned and listen below.
On the new single Honest Iago’s Matt Fradkin says, “I wrote the majority of Sawmills while I was living on Pend Oreille, in Idaho, and Nick came to stay with me. Being in an old lumber town that had reinvented itself was really interesting, even moreso with the political climate surrounding coal mining. You have this group of skilled workers in a field that is slowly becoming less and less relevant and more and more harmful, and there is an identity associated with it that is really difficult for communities to leave behind. It’s all that some towns have known. Watching the trains go in and out of Sandpoint across from the clinic where I worked, I would imagine what the last timber train would have looked like and what the people on the train would be thinking, knowng that this is the end of the line. Were they waxing poetic on keeping this mammoth train and cargo moving, pondering if they have the drive to reinvent and keep themselves moving forward? Or was it just time to fade out with the sunset and smoke”