Lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Gibbard, is a man who I have always admired for his taste in literature. A venerable fan of Jack Keroac, he has recently been recording music for the new Keroac documentary, One Fast Move and I’m Gone: Keroac’s Big Sur.
However, unbeknown to me and just about everyone else on the planet, Gibbard’s taste in literature isn’t just limited to the King of the Beats. Apparently, he’s a big fan of the cult teen vampire series, Twilight. I guess everyone has their little indulgence. Go figure?
So now, reuniting with his band, Death Cab are on the verge of releasing their contribution for the upcoming Twilight follow-up, New Moon, which is the first single off the greatly anticipated soundtrack. The song, called Meet me on the Equinox, reportedly deals with “a lot of the things the main characters in the books are going through. There’s a lot of stuff about relationships beginning and ending, and the questioning that happens around being in love and falling out of love”, says Death Cab bassist Nick Harmer. So it’s pretty much exactly the same as any other Death Cab song then?
And as if a Death Cab song on a soundtrack isn’t enough to shift a few records, Thom Yorke and Bon Iver have also reportedly recorded contributions to the soundtrack. Thom Yorke…ok maybe, but for the life of me I just can’t picture Bon Iver all melancholy and somber in his remote woodland cabin, huddled up by the fire reading about teenage vampires getting it on.
Still, I’m pretty excited to hear what the soundtrack has to offer. Which is maybe more than I can say for the film’s director, Chris Weitz, who said of Yorke’s contribution: “Unless it’s sounds of him belching, I think I’ll put it in”. How kind.
To check out the first single off the soundtrack, you’ll have to wait until the September 13, when it will be debuted at the MTV Video Music Awards.