March 26, 2012


Listen: Arcade Fire's Orchestral "Hunger Games" Anthem

The Hunger Games had a record-breaking opening weekend in theaters, rivaling the Twilight franchise by becoming the largest non-sequel debut ever, and the third largest debut ever (raking in a cool $155 million). Impressive. Its soundtrack, which features the Arcade Fire's "Abraham's Daughter," is also poised to hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart this week. The Montreal indie rockers also contributed an orchestral track to the film's score, called "Horn of Plenty," which just landed online. Listen above.

Frontman Win Butler told Entertainment Weekly all about the martial, soaring song and working on the The Hunger Games. [Via Stereogum]

“We were interested in making music that would be more integral in the movie, just as a mental exercise. And there’s an anthem that runs throughout the books, the national anthem of the fascist Capitol. So as a thought experiment, we tried to write what that might sound like. It’s like the Capitol’s idea of itself, basically. It’s not a pop song or anything– more of an anthem that could be playing at a big sporting event like the Games. So we did a structure for that, and then James Newton Howard made a movie-score version of it that happens in several places in the film.” 

So, if you're the leader of a fascist nation (here's looking at you, Kim Jong-un, supreme leader of North Korea), you might want to give the Arcade Fire a call if you're looking for a new national anthem. 

Tell us what you think about "Horn of Plenty" in the comments below.