The Civil Wars have not one but TWO songs on The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond soundtrack album. Not only did they write and record “Kingdom Come”, but they collaborated with Taylor Swift on “Safe & Sound.” So when they came into town recently to tape their brand new episode of VH1 Unplugged, we naturally asked them where their allegiances lie. Are they on Team Peeta, or do they rep Team Gale?
“I don’t think I’ve chosen a particular team, whether it’s Peeta or Gale,” singer Joy Williams began, before John Paul White swiftly interjected, “I’m Team Haymitch. I’m with Woody [Harrelson].”
We then pressed Joy further, but she was adamant in her refusal to choose sides. “What I do love about it is that the characters are so flawed, every one of them. Which makes each of them so human, and so accessible. So, I couldn’t say I prefer one of them over the other.”
Watch their special Unplugged performance of “Kingdom Come” below!
We totally get what Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars are going for in the “Safe & Sound” video that premiered on MTV and VH1 tonight. The song is the first single off the Hunger Games soundtrack, and its mournful, folk-country sound, produced by T-Bone Burnett, perfectly evokes District 12, which we assume was once West Virginia. There’s even coal smoke rising in the distance. But avid Hunger Games fans will easily realize one thing: Taylor Swift, while appearing to be the protagonist of her own film, is certainly no Katniss Everdeen.
Hear us out: In the video, Taylor wanders around the woods, barefoot, in a simple but pretty white dress, hugging her body and singing. Do you know who never sang after her father died? Katniss. And she knew the value of good shoes, too. She wouldn’t risk maybe stepping on some glass (or the rusty nails Taylor later steps around) and cutting her foot, which would leave her unable to hunt to feet her mom and Prim. Taylor also lies around on the ground and sits on a coffin — acting a lot like Katniss and Prim’s depressed mother. And toward the end of the video is the ultimate non-Katniss moment: She looks straight at a deer and doesn’t try to kill and eat it. Oh, man, that would piss off Gale!