Review: Death Cab for Cutie’s ‘Meet Me on the Equinox’ music video from ‘New Moon’

10.08.09 8 years ago 6 Comments

Rob Pattinson fans, here’s all you really need to know about the Death Cab for Cutie’s video for “Meet Me on the Equinox” from “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”: the money shot comes at 3:13. That’s when Pattinson-or Edward Cullen to his legions of devoted fans-takes off his shirt and reveals his pale pecs in all their ghoulish glory.

The clip, which debuted Wednesday night on MTV as a major media event, features a few scenes from “New Moon” interspersed with Death Cab for Cutie playing the song in a lodge of some sort. If the Death Cab footage-and the scene where they are frozen as if they’re playing Freeze Tag-has any greater significance and ties in with the “New Moon” theme, it’s completely lost on us.

Anyway, back to the movie footage: Bella, played in her usual stupefied stoner state by Kristen Stewart, sees Edward in a forest, but he kisses her on the forehead and walks away, leaving her heartbroken and in anguish… maybe. It’s really hard to tell since Stewart’s expression never really changes.  The there’s some astonishingly cheesy (even by “Twilight” standards) footage of Bella fleeing on a motorcycle but a giant spectral image of Edward in the sky startles her-or we assume it does. Have we mentioned her expression never changes from one of befuddlement?  It’s as if you can see a “how the hell did I get here?” thought bubble over her head. During the song’s bridge, Stewart dives off a bridge (ah… nice symmetry)  into very cold water before being plucked from the frigid waters by a mystery stranger-cut to a random amp shot.

Then we travel to somewhere clearly not in the Pacific Northwest (or it could be-we know squat about “New Moon’s ” plot or the Pacific Northwest, but it looks like a monastery in an Italian village.  Bella is racing to get to Edward, who is walking out of the monastery, but first feels the need to unbutton his shirt. She leaps over a fountain, frantic to get to him. Cut… It’s all very dramatic and doesn’t make a lick of sense if you don’t know beyond the basic plot.

We’re still a little surprised that Death Cab jumped on the “Twilight” bandwagon, but I guess they have a lot of teenage girl fans and, god knows, so does the “Twilight” series.  And, we guess they’re as hungry for a hit as the next act. You can’t really blame them for that.  To be fair, the song isn’t that different from anything you’d find on a Death Cab album.

The band explains its involvement-and how you actually can meet on an equinox– this way in a statement:  “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,” said Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer. “This song marks the first attempt that Death Cab for Cutie has ever made at contributing new, unreleased material for a film.  It just seems a perfect synergy that a band from the Northwest would create a song for a series of novels set in the Northwest.  We are not only proud to be a part of the ‘Twilight’ legacy but also honored to join so many other fantastic artists that have lent their amazing creativity to this soundtrack.”

What do you think of the video?

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