Walter Martin of The Walkmen Pays Tribute to Former Jonathan Fire*Eater Bandmate Stewart LuptonImages via MapsCurtains/YouTube, SKG Music Music News Stewart Lupton
Prior to the formation of The Walkmen, Walter Martin played in Jonathan Fire*Eater—as did two other members of The Walkmen. The New York-based (but D.C.-originated) band featured Stewart Lupton on vocals, and although the band’s career was short-lived in the ‘90s, its influence in the indie-rock scene carried on. Lupton passed away at the age of 43 on Sunday, as Pitchfork reports, and his former bandmate and childhood friend Martin wrote a tribute to him which he posted on his Twitter and Facebook.
In the full tribute, which can be read on Martin’s Facebook page, Martin refers to a conversation he had with Lupton a few weeks ago, as well as to the poems Lupton had written and read to him—poems at once magical and real.
Stewart Lupton was a magical guy and one of the closest friends I’ve had in my life. I have endless great memories of growing up with him and becoming mischievous musicians together. He was brilliant and… https://t.co/n9b1tjEn25
— Walter Martin (@WaltRMartin) May 29, 2018
The vapor of the otherworldly trail from Lupton’s words shone prominently in his lyrics as well, and one can only imagine their power won’t disappear with Lupton’s death. The Child Ballads was one of Lupton’s musical projects after Jonathan Fire*Eater, and in addition to posting the audio from a show at La Flèche d’Or in Paris from 2007, The Child Ballads’ Facebook page wrote in his honor, “R.I.P Stewart, you tried hard to make your world an exciting place”—a reference to lyrics from the group’s song “Cheekbone Hollows.” One recurring and particularly gripping line in this song is, “that ain’t half as bad as the shadow that’s caught in the hollow of a cheekbone.”
The Walkmen also paid tribute to Lupton as a band, referencing his effect on their careers.
Without Stewart Lupton there would have been no Walkmen. As young musicians, he pushed us all to do something original and dangerous and to avoid being boring at all cost. We owe him so much and will miss him tremendously.
-The Walkmen pic.twitter.com/vsiHWBcsbb
—The Walkmen (@TheWalkmen) May 29, 2018
Listen to music by Jonathan Fire*Eater and The Child Ballads below.