September 23, 2013


'Hunger Games' Almost Rejected the National's Song for Being "Too Dark"

Gaelle Beri/Redferns via Getty Images
Gaelle Beri/Redferns via Getty Images

Earlier this month, Coldplay released a tender piano ballad called "Atlas" from the upcoming film Hunger Games: Catching Fire. That was all we knew about the soundtrack to this fall's biggest blockbuster until Matt Berninger recently told NME that Ohio indie rockers The National also recorded a new song for the sci-fi sequel.

Although the National haven't unveiled the track just yet, Berninger did admit the National's Hunger Games song was nearly clipped. "The song almost didn't make it because it was too dark for The Hunger Games soundtrack, which I thought was sort of funny because [the movie is] about killing kids. I don’t know how a song can be darker than that," Berninger said. "The song was originally called 'Dying Is Easy' and I think that they thought it was a little too dark. So we had to change the name of the song [to] 'Lean.'"

Despite the rather ironic demand from the film's producers, Berninger doesn't hold any ill will. "You know, I get it. And it was a really fun project. It was a cool change from how we normally work on things," Berninger told NME. "It was kind of a pressure release thing and it was fun. We really enjoyed it."

Watch the badass lyric video for Coldplay's "Atlas" below and stay tuned for "Lean"—the song formerly known as "Dying Is Easy"—to drop sometime before the movie's November 22 release.