Scene and Heard

Death Cab for Cutie to play The Louisville Palace April 13

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 18, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Death Cab for Cutie are an indie-rock band hailing from Seattle, Washington, who’ve grown to become one of the biggest and, arguably, most important bands in the world. Formed by Benjamin Gibbard in 1997, Death Cab for
Cutie have earnt a reputation as emotionally poignant, not least of all for Gibbard’s lyrics.

Death Cab for Cutie was formed in 1997 at Western Washington University, as Gibbard’s solo project. Having spent that whole summer listening to Elliott Smith‘s Either/Or, Gibbard had written a set of songs too sad to play in his then-band Pinwheel. Taking his name from a Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band track featured in The Beatles’ 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour, Gibbard recorded the demo You Can Play These Songs with Chords. Following its strong reception, Gibbard turned Death Cab into a full-time project, enlisting the recording engineer, Chris Walla, on guitar, and current/former housemates Nicholas Harmer and Nathan Good on bass and drums, respectively.


In November 2004, Death Cab for Cutie signed a “long-term worldwide deal” with Atlantic Records. Said Gibbard, to The AV Club: “We made that very un-indie-rock move of actually succumbing to our ambition as a band, and saying, ‘You know what? I want as many people to hear this band as possible.'”
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