Death Cab Join ‘New Moon’ Soundtrack
The bookish Northwesterners discuss their reasons for uniting with Thom Yorke and Bon Iver on the indie-leaning Twilight sequel.
If you think the Twilight movies only appeal to pre-teen girls with a crush on Robert Pattinson (sigh), think again. Many indie-rock artists seem to be fans themselves, judging by the increasingly jaw-dropping list of new material slated for the New Moon soundtrack.
Last month we learned that Thom Yorke and Bon Iver had submitted songs written for the second movie in the Twilight series and now we can add Death Cab for Cutie to that list. The band has just revealed that a new composition, “Meet Me on the Equinox,” will also appear on the soundtrack, out October 20.
“We wrote ‘Meet Me On the Equinox’ to reflect the celestial themes and motifs that run throughout the Twilight series and we wanted to capture that desperate feeling of endings and beginnings that so strongly affect the main characters,” bassist Nick Harmer said in a statement posted on author Stephenie Meyer’s website.”This song marks the first attempt that Death Cab for Cutie has ever made at contributing new, unreleased material for a film and we are proud to be a part of the Twilight legacy.”
So what made them choose New Moon for their soundtrack debut?According to Harmer, the real draw was not a love of vampires or shirtless hunks, but a common geography. The novels and movies take place in Washington, the band’s home state.
“We are very excited to be a part of this amazing series of novels set in our own backyard,” Harmer said. “It just seemed a perfect synergy that a band from the Northwest would create a song for a series of novels set in the Northwest.”
The full track list has not been revealed, giving us hope that Kings of Leon may still make an appearance as rumored. Meyer recently professed a love for Animal Collective and the Dead Weather, so fingers crossed for more surprises to come. Led by a Paramore hit, the soundtrack for the first film topped the charts in 2008 and we suspect this new one may as well.
Though the soundtrack does not come out until October 20 — and the movie not for another month after that — fans can get a first listen to “Meet Me on the Equinox” during the MTV Video Music Awards September 13.