Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie is an American indie rock band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. The band consists of Ben Gibbard (vocals, guitar, piano), Chris Walla (guitar, keyboards), Nicholas Harmer (bass), and Jason McGerr (drums).

Death Cab began as a solo project of Ben Gibbard, now the band’s vocalist and guitarist. Gibbard took the band name from the satirical song Death Cab for Cutie, performed by The Bonzo Dog Band in The Beatles’ 1967 experimental film Magical Mystery Tour. As Death Cab for Cutie, Gibbard released a cassette titled You Can Play These Songs With Chords; the release was surprisingly successful, and Gibbard decided to expand the band into a complete project. He recruited Chris Walla (who had also worked on the cassette) as an electric guitarist, Nick Harmer as bass guitarist, and Nathan Good to play drums.

The four released the LP Something About Airplanes on August 18th 1998. The album was favorably reviewed in the independent music scene, and in 2000 the band released We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes. Nathan Good left the band at some point during this album’s production. His playing on “The Employment Pages” and “Company Calls Epilogue” were kept, but Gibbard played drums on all other songs.

Michael Schorr would first appear on The Forbidden Love E.P., released on October 24, 2000. In 2001, another LP was released, entitled The Photo Album. Limited editions of this album contained three bonus tracks, which were later released separately as The Stability EP.

In 2003, there was another change of drummer, with Jason McGerr of Eureka Farm replacing Schorr. McGerr would play drums on the next release, Transatlanticism.

Transatlanticism was released in October of 2003. It received critical praise and also became the band’s top-selling album, with 225,000 copies sold during its first year out.

In spring of 2004, the band recorded a live E.P. titled The John Byrd E.P., named for their sound engineer. The E.P. was released on Barsuk Records in March 2004.

In November of 2004, Death Cab for Cutie signed a “long-term worldwide deal” with Atlantic Records, leaving their long-time label Barsuk Records. Gibbard stated on the official website www.deathcabforcutie.com that nothing would change except that “Next to the picture of Barsuk holding a 7", there will be the letter "A" on both the spine and back of our upcoming albums.” This was a marked change from Gibbard’s earlier views on major-label relations, which he said “are set up to fuck you and take all your money.”. After signing to Atlantic, the band was still nervous about corporate economics, and encouraged fans to download its songs from the Internet.

The first and second singles off the band’s Atlantic Record release Plans were “Soul Meets Body” and “Crooked Teeth”, respectively. The full album was released in August of 2005. Plans was somewhat well-acclaimed by critics and fans, and received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album of 2005. It achieved Gold Status in 2006 after charting on Billboard for 47 consecutive weeks.

The band released a touring DVD titled Drive Well, Sleep Carefully in 2005. Known for their contributions to animal rights, the band is supporting the activist group PETA in giving away copies of the DVD to promote animal rights.

In early 2006, the band announced the upcoming release of Directions, eleven short films inspired by songs from the Plans album, each directed by a different person. The videos were posted one at a time at the band’s website and the DVD went on sale April 11, 2006.

On May 12, 2008 their album, Narrow Stairs, was released and was well received by both critics and fans. It was their first album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200. The album contains the singles "I Will Possess Your Heart", "Cath…" and "GrapeVine Fires".

The band’s latest released The Open Door EP, which was released on March 31, 2009. Their main styles consist of slow progressive rock with dark lyrics.

The band’s seventh album, Codes and Keys, was released on May 31, 2011. The album’s first single was "You Are A Tourist".

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Death Cab For Cutie Albums

0.0 1998-07-11: KCMU Live Room, Seattle, WA, USA Death Cab For Cutie
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July 11, 1998
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0.0 2000. 04. 14: Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA, USA (Early Show) Death Cab For Cutie
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0.0 2003-10-31: Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, USA Death Cab For Cutie
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0.0 2004-11-09: Seattle, WA, USA Death Cab For Cutie
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0.0 2005-07-30: Street Scene, San Diego, CA, USA Death Cab For Cutie
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0.0 2005-08-30: KEXP Live Death Cab For Cutie
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0.0 A Movie Script Ending Death Cab For Cutie
Released on
February 4, 2002
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0.0 Crooked Teeth Death Cab For Cutie
Released on
April 11, 2006
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0.0 Directions Death Cab For Cutie
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0.0 Discovered Covered – The Covers Death Cab For Cutie
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0.0 Forbidden Love Death Cab For Cutie
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October 24, 2000
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0.0 Forbidden Love E.P. Death Cab For Cutie
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0.0 Forbidden Love EP Death Cab For Cutie
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0.0 I Was a Kaleidoscope Death Cab For Cutie
Released on
October 15, 2002
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0.0 I Will Follow You into the Dark Death Cab For Cutie
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0.0 I Will Possess Your Heart Death Cab For Cutie
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March 18, 2008
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0.0 iTunes Originals Death Cab For Cutie
Released on
October 12, 2005
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0.0 Meet Me On the Equinox Death Cab For Cutie
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September 14, 2009
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0.0 Narrow Stairs Death Cab For Cutie
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May 9, 2008
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0.0 New Year Death Cab For Cutie
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