A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Brendan Hoye, vocalist and guitarist of Calif. indie-rock band Finish Ticket, delves into his high school days, playing a sold-out show in San Francisco and escaping to the East Coast.
Song: "New York"
Album: Shake a Symphony
Release Date: August 7, 2010
When it was written: In my senior year of high school.
Where it was written: Most of the original writing took place in the guest bedroom of my house in Alameda, Calif. That's where I usually go to write and work on songs. Last year, I was living in Southern California and couldn't write anything for a while, but one day when I was back in Alameda, I wrote multiple songs in one day. Seems to be the best place for me when writing. The rest of "New York" was done in our old drummer's garage.
Favorite line in the song: My favorite line in the song is probably "We'll be stuck on this coast the rest of our lives." It's simple, but I just really want to see new cities and that line is about feeling frustrated from playing the same cities over and over. The drive to get out of my hometown really keeps me going.
Which part was the hardest to come up with: I say the drum part. We were struggling with the song for a while and the groove just wasn't there. But finally, after many rehearsals, that drum part came to be and really pushed the song in a new direction.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: I think we all just have little issues with our individual parts. I know I would love to sing it again and maybe change a few lyrics.
Odd fact about song: I first wrote the chorus to the song when I was a sophomore in high school. The song didn't really work out so I forgot about it until my senior year. I decided to write a completely different song around that chorus and it was way better this time around.
What was your inspiration for writing the song: When I was a freshman, I went on a trip to New York with my school and I just remember having the best time ever. The next year I was having a really tough time and I started thinking about how happy I was on that trip. So the song is basically about wanting to return to that time in my life.
When was your favorite time performing it live: A few months ago we closed our set with this song in front of a sold out show of 1200 people in San Francisco. It was pretty much the greatest thing ever and it's something I'll never forget.
What is the meaning behind the song: The song was originally about wanting to return to a better time in my life, but later I made it more about wanting to get out of Alameda and even the West Coast. I just love the east coast and would love for music to take us out there. We have gotten very close but still have not been able to play New York!