One of the biggest moments of VMA Weekend has come courtesy of Death Cab for Cutie, who didn’t even appear on the show itself. But the band did premiere their brand-new single right here, from one of the most hotly anticipated soundtracks of the year: “Meet Me on the Equinox,” the first single from the soundtrack to “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” the extended trailer of which also premiered on the VMAs on Sunday (September 13).
The song is vintage Death Cab, centered on a swirling guitar riff and supported by twitchy, heavy drums. It’s fantastically haunting, which makes it a perfect accompaniment to the new “Twilight” film, which sees Robert Pattinson’s vampire Edward Cullen break up with Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), leaving her to find comfort in the company of her werewolf friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).
Even though frontman Ben Gibbard admitted to MTV News that he hadn’t read all of the books in the “Twilight” series, the song manages to capture the mood and tone of the story. “Let our bodies intertwine/ But always understand/ That everything ends,” Gibbard sings in the chorus of “Equinox,” which could easily be a line said by Edward in the film.
But Gibbard said that the tune is more about his personal life than Stephenie Meyer’s fictional world. “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,” he said (of course, for Edward and his kind, life isn’t that short). “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.”
“New Moon” opens in theaters on November 20, while the soundtrack (which is rumored to feature contributions from Muse, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and Bon Iver, among others) will be available October 20.
Check out everything we’ve got on “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”
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