Cayne McKenzie, lead vocalist with Vancouver-based rock group We Are the City, had already started writing a song about losing a loved one when his childhood friend, Kyle Tubbs, died suddenly from a fentanyl overdose three years ago.
That song ultimately became the title track on the band’s latest album, R.I.P, released Thursday night.
The group started writing the song about friends growing apart, becoming interested in different things and following different paths. When Tubbs died, it took the existing vocals out of the song and improvised new lyrics, which is what is now featured in the song.
“I was just lying on the couch by myself and I just listened to the song, and I was listening to some of Kyle’s music as well,” McKenzie told Radio West host Sarah Penton.