Alt-rock trio Upwelling is marking the ninth anniversary of 9/11 with the release of their video “Ladder 116,” proceeds from which will benefit the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund.
Upwelling frontman Ari Ingber began writing songs as a way to deal with the immense tragedy he and his fellow New Yorkers faced following the destruction of the Twin Towers.
“Ladder 116” was penned in the wake of 9/11, a homage to their friends in the Queens-based Ladder 116. The company was held in the Midtown tunnel the day of the tragedy, due to a security warning that inevitably saved their lives. However, members Paul Gill and Thomas Casoria worked on rotation for their engine company, and were two of the many brave heroes who lost their lives. This song, and its corresponding music video, remembers these two and the many others who were lost, as well as the legacy of the World Trade Center.
The video for “Ladder 116” is a compilation of footage of the construction of the Twin Towers, in addition to video clips of employees of all races and creeds working in the buildings. It captures the iconic center that represented the essence of New York City to the world and that pumped lifeblood into various worldwide fields, from finance and insurance to commerce and public media.
“Ladder 116” is featured as the final track on the Upwelling’s 2009 debut album, An American Stranger.
Again proceeds will benefit the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund, which was formed in 1985. Since its inception, it has distributed over $123 million to the families of New York City police officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical service workers, who were killed in the line of duty. For more information, please visit answerthecall.org.