‘Noble’ was named after drummer McKenzie Smith’s infant son who was born with a rare brain disorder. (You can donate to support Noble here.) Talking about the track, frontman Eric Pulido said:
Noble was born with a rare brain disease. When he was born, we were told the life expectancy of most children with his disease was between 6 months to 2 years. The heavy nature of Noble’s condition and the new reality for my friend and bandmate McKenzie (and his wife and daughter) wasn’t something we took lightly. We were really excited to create this song for him and for Noble to not only acknowledge the struggle but to also celebrate this amazing and beautiful boy. The wonderful news is that more than 2 years later, Noble is still here with us! He has beaten so many odds already and continues to amaze and prove to us how incredibly strong he is. His life is extremely challenging on many levels, so every day we have with him is a precious gift.
Midlake’s For the Sake of Bethel Woods is due out March 18 via Bella Union.