Gibbard and Farrar Team for Kerouac Bio

If someone had asked me what Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and Son Volt’s Jay Farrar have in common I might have answered, “They both have unique voices?” As it turns out they have much more in common, including a shared passion for Jack Kerouac and it appears now, co-writing credits on the soundtrack for an upcoming bio on the king of Beat writers.

Gibbard and Farrar were approached by filmmakers in 2007 about writing music for the film One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur (IMDB), due on October 20. According to Farrar, approximately 90% of the soundtrack’s lyrics draw directly from Kerouac’s poems. One wonders how the filmmakers landed on these two as writing partners, a question that isn’t immediately answered by Gibbard.

“I’d never met Jay before, and we found ourselves in a studio with a film crew, just blinking at each other, diving right into recording sessions,” Gibbard told “In that first session, we did 3 or 4 songs together. We had the trepidation of not really knowing each other; getting to know each other in real time as we were recording made for a beautiful recording.”

Album details after the jump…

One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur – TRAILER

Jay Farrar – “San Francisco”

The soundtrack for One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur will be billed as “Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard” and will come four different physical options: CD, CD+DVD, a box set packaged with the CD+DVD, the novel, and a 40 page book on the film and finally a vinyl version.

Track list for One Fast Move or I’m Gone:

“California Zephyr”

“Low Life Kingdom”


“All In One”

“Breathe Our Iodine”

“These Roads Don’t Move”

“Big Sur”

“One Fast Move or I’m Gone”

“Final Horrors”

“Sea Engines”

“The Void”

“San Francisco”

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