The Civil Wars
The Grammy-award winning folk rockers The Civil Wars talk about working on The Hunger Games soundtrack, Adele and looking like Johnny Depp.
I love them! John Paul White cracks me up. LOL! He does look like Johnny Depp!
Entertainment Weekly was able to obtain a 90-second sneak peek of the Civil Wars’ song “Kingdom Come” from the “Hunger Games” Movie Soundtrack as well as an interview with Grammy-winners Joy Williams and John Paul White.
“It’s our homage to a survival song,” says Williams.
“And also to trying to keep your cool and stay rational in a ridiculous situation,” White chimes in. “It’s a little bit of ‘It’s going to be okay, it’s going to be all right, we’re going to make it through this,’ even when the situation around you is more dire than you’d care to admit. I think it’s how we all cope.”
As for how the track came into existence, John Paul says the spectacular backdrop of a Northwestern state really got their creative juices flowing.
“We wrote ‘Kingdom Come’ on the road in Jackson Hole, Wyoming,” he continues. “We were out there for a show, in one of the most beautiful places in the world. I think the landscape helped us capture the mood. We were unfettered, out in the middle of God’s country.”
Ever since I heard their collaboration with Taylor Swift, I’ve become a big fan of the Civil Wars. Every track they put down has a fresh sound, and their harmonies are IN-SANE! Sounds like “Kingdom Come” is no different.
What do you guys think of the Civil Wars’ song?
Remember to pick up your copy of the “Hunger Games” Movie Soundtrack on March 20th!
Here’s a new look at the creation of the music video for ther Taylor Swift / Civil Wars track on the Hunger Games soundtrack.
We previously posted the behind the scenes video.
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Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift sat down with MTV to discuss making the music video for Safe & Sound from the Hunger Games Soundtrack (which she says is her favorite one), what would her skills be if she was in the Hunger Games, and writing with Civil Wars!
For those who have not read the books, the mockingjay pin is one of the most iconic symbols from the series. It was given to the main character, Katniss Everdeen (played in the film by Jennifer Lawrence), as a token to take into the arena to remind her of her Home, District 12.
The mockingjay and the pin itself are both symbols of rebellion in the books. The mockingjay is a species of bird inadvertently bred when the Capitol released “jabberjays” throughout the nation of Panem in an attempt to spy on its citizens. After the mission failed and the citizens of Panem learned how to feed lies to Capitol spies through the jabberjays, the Capitol ended the project, but the birds bred with mockingbirds in the wild, creating the mockingjay, which the Capitol was never able to eradicate.
We won’t spoil the rest, but the third book in the series is titled “Mockingjay,” and that isn’t just a reference to the bird or the pin anymore.
“I felt like I was really needing to pay tribute to this movie and tell this story,” Swift said. “There’s this moment in the music video where I find this mockingjay pin and hold it up.”
Completely blown away by Safe & Sound. Just love it. I was really hoping she’d sing Safe & Sound at the Grammys with Civil Wars. John Paul White cracked me up at the Grammys. I can’t wait to hear the rest of The Hunger Games Soundtrack.
The rest of Taylor’s interview about The Hunger Games Soundtrack after the break!
Check out this beautiful new video for Taylor Swift’s lead single from the Hunger Games soundtrack, “Safe & Sound.”
Mockingjay! Nightlock! What else do you see? Interview and screenshots below.
When MTV News caught up with the Civil Wars on the red carpet at the Grammys to have speaks about the “Safe and Sound” music video, Joy Williams was quick to convey just how grueling the circumstances had been.
“I just appreciate that we had such horrible working conditions,” she joked. “We were in a heated cabin. [Taylor Swift], being the prima donna that she is, was out barefoot, in freezing weather, in the mud and still managed to have a really good attitude about it.”
“We figured it was the least that she could do, since we wrote the song,” John Paul White chimed in with a laugh.
‘Bout time that country diva got her hands dirty.
According to the folk duo, they originally weren’t all that keen about working with another musician, but that sentiment quickly changed.
“It was [perfect], strangely enough. John Paul and I write all of our own music, so it’s not as common anymore for us to be collaborating with other people,” stated Williams. “But, [producer] T-Bone [Burnett] and Taylor Swift: It was just natural.”
I have to agree that the decision to unite the staggering harmonies of Joy and John Paul with T-Swift’s sincere, unguarded voice was the work of a musical genius! Can’t wait to check out the video – aaaaand it wouldn’t hurt to see more “Hunger Games” movie footage as well.
Don’t forget – Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars’ “Safe & Sound” music video will primiere tonight at 7:54 p.m. ET during “MTV First: Taylor Swift,” immediately followed by a 30-minute interview with the country pop star herself. Want to participate? Submit your questions via Twitter @MTVNews and make sure to include hashtags #AskTaylor or #MTVFirst.
It’s heeeere! iTunes has revealed all the artists on the Hunger Games companion album Songs from District 12 and Beyond. The roster includes-
- Taylor Swift (feat. The Civil Wars) – “Safe & Sound”
- Taylor Swift – “Eyes Wide Open”
- Arcade Fire – “Abraham’s Daughter”
- Kid Cudi – “The Ruler & The Killer”
- Miranda Lambert (feat. Pistol Annies) - “Run Daddy Run”
- The Civil Wars – “Kingdom Come”
- The Decemberists – “One Engine”
- Glen Hansard – “Take the Heartland”
- The Low Anthem – “Lover is Childlike”
- Punch Brothers – “Dark Days”
- Secret Sisters – “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”
- Birdy – “Just a Game”
- Ella Mae Bowen – “Oh Come & Sing”
- Jayme Dee – “Rules”
- Carolina Chocolate Drops – “Reaping Day”
- Neko Case – “Give Me Something I’ll Remember”
UPDATE: This playlist was officially revised on 2/17/12.
You can buy the Decemberists song from iTunes starting today. It also downloads automatically if you pre-order the album.
The CD is also available for pre-order on Amazon. Here’s “One Engine” from The Decemberists. Slammin!