Death Cab For Cutie: Equinox Not A “Book Report” Song

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“Meet Me on the Equinox,” Death Cab For Cutie’s much-anticipated contribution to the soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: New Moon has hit the web. Listen to the dark and stormy single here.

Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard shed some light on the subconscious side of songwriting when he discussed the track with MTV News.

“Whenever we make a record or finish writing a song, [and] it ends up in the world, I feel like I’m always in a process of trying to understand them myself,” said Gibbard. “Because you kind of write songs from a particular place in your consciousness, and then you have to later make sense of why you wrote things the way you did, because you’re kind of channeling it as you write it.”

“The song at its core is just about meeting another halfway, because life is very short, because there’s only a brief period of time to really connect with people, and that it’s important to recognize that,” Gibbard said. “I haven’t read all of the ‘Twilight’ books, but I know a bit about them, and I think the song is really based on tones of the series.

“Like, I think it would’ve been really easy to write a song that was like a book report, and I’ve always kind of disliked book report songs, even though I’m guilty of a couple myself over the years,” he continued. “I just wanted something that kind of tonally matched the story and the scenes within the film, so they could kind of be put alongside but not be telling a narrative you’re watching on the screen.”

Ben Gibbard and Son Volt frontman Jay Farrar will hit the road for a couple of dates in celebration of the release of their One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur sountrack. Here’s the dates so far:

Oct. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
Oct. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
Oct. 26 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Oct. 28 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

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