April 5th, 2011
04:37 PM ET
Tonight, at 7 p.m. EST, Death Cab for Cutie will do something no band has ever attempted. They'll shoot a scripted music video in one-take while it's being simulcast on the web.
Unlike the one-take videos by 'OK Go,' that can be re-done several times to get it right, Death Cab only has one shot, raising the stakes to new heights.
CNN caught up with two members of the band as they were rehearsing for the big performance.
The music video is for Death Cab's new single "You are a Tourist," off their upcoming album "Codes and Keys." The new album will be available in stores on May 31.
October 9th, 2009
10:44 AM ET
If there's an award for "Best Creepy, But Cool" song of 2009, it should go to Death Cab for Cutie's "Meet Me on the Equinox" - the first single off the soundtrack for "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." The music video for the song was just completed, and it features shots of the band interspersed with sneak peeks from the movie.
Chris Walla, Death Cab's guitarist, swears the house used as a location for the video was haunted. "Some rich wingnut built it to very particular cosmic specifications. Legend has it he died under some mysterious circumstances. Of course it's all probably exaggerated, but it was really weird," he tells CNN from his home in Portland, Oregon.
Walla admits to being a huge fan of the "Twilight" franchise. "Nick (the bass guitarist) is probably second in line - although Ben (the lead singer) has probably read the books by now." Death Cab hails from the Pacific Northwest, which is the setting for "Twilight." "In fact, Ben grew up on the peninsula across from Port Angeles, and my family used to vacation near Forks." He says he's an "Edward" guy - although the character is "hard to like in the second book because he just leaves, and that's not cool."
Speaking of Ben Gibbard... the Death Cab frontman is now officially off the market. He married actress-singer Zooey Deschanel ("Almost Famous," "(500) Days of Summer") about three weeks ago outside Seattle. Walla reports the ceremony was beautiful, and that it took place on a dairy farm he visited as a kid on school field trips. "We used to go there to see where milk comes from," he laughs.
The "New Moon" soundtrack also features new songs from Radiohead's Thom Yorke, the Killers and Grizzly Bear. There's also a remix from Muse - whose "Supermassive Black Hole" provided the backdrop to the unforgettable vampire softball montage in the original "Twilight" film.
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