Published Jul 16, 2009When Ben Gibbard isn't busy laying into Jared Leto, apparently the Death Cab for Cutie star is kick-starting a new project with none other than Son Volt's Jay Farrar.
In a recent interview with the Riverfront Times newspaper [via TwentyFourBit], Gibbard's new songwriting bud revealed: "I did work with Ben on this recording project, which started out as each of us contributing songs to a documentary about Jack Kerouac. We both wound up in the studio together, just sort of decided to take a step further and record a whole batch of songs.
"It's kind of evolved into a real project. I guess there aren't a whole lot of details about it yet, but it's in the works, and it could possibly come out in the fall, like around October - which I think is a Jack Kerouac anniversary of sorts."
That Jack Kerouac flick Farrar mentions is the 2008 doc One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur, which "examines Jack Kerouac's escape from post On The Road fame to his dream of an isolated retreat in a cabin at Big Sur where he searches for inner peace," as the IMDB folks put it. Both Gibbard and Farrar contributed to the soundtrack, as did such other notable artists as Tom Waits and Sage Francis.
However, like Farrar said, there's not a lot to report on the new project helmed by him and Gibbard, just that, well, it's coming.