Thank You for Today

In October of last year, we found ourselves in Santa Monica, in the new studio that our friend Rich Costey had just opened. We had a batch of some of Ben’s most beautiful songs, some new blood in our ranks, and the air crackled with optimism.

Beginning an album is always a time of many unknowns and seemingly endless possibilities, and what followed was many weeks of relentless experimentation. Building things up only to tear them down to the foundation. Refusing to settle for sounds that rang too familiar. Songs that at one point seemed like the backbone of the record were cast aside, while others took much longer to reveal the subtle qualities that made them essential additions to the final running order.

In the end, we emerged with an album that we dearly love and stand proudly behind. It was important for us to create something that served as a touchstone to our past while simultaneously looked to future of all the places we can and will go. It is one of our most diverse records, and it is full of heart.

Today, we are delighted to share the video for the first of these songs, “Gold Rush”, with you. We write this on the cusp of playing our first show in over nine months, having completed weeks full of the fun and challenging task of rehearsing and translating these new tunes to pieces of music that can stand tall next to the rest of the songs in our catalog. It’s been too long, and we can’t wait to get out there and see all of you again.

Thank you for the opportunity to keep doing what we do. Thank you for still showing up for us after all this time. Thank you for going through new phases of life as we do the same alongside you. Thank you for sharing your hearts with us, be they beating brightly or broken. Thank you for being part of the light, even when things seem the darkest. Thank you for today.

-Death Cab for Cutie

09/24 – Eugene, OR – Hult Center for the Performing Arts

09/25 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium

09/27 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre Berkeley

09/29 – Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren *SOLD OUT*

10/01 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory

10/02 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

10/03 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee

10/05 – St Paul, MN – Palace Theatre

10/07 – Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre

10/09 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre

10/12 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre

10/13 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre

10/14 – Boston, MA – Boch Wang Theatre

10/17 – Washington, DC – Anthem

10/18 – Charlottesville, VA – Sprint Pavillion

10/19 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy

10/20 – St Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

10/22 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach

10/23 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live

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November 22, 2017, marked  the 20th anniversary of the first Death Cab for Cutie show. To commemorate the occasion, Ben has unearthed the audio recording of the very first show. Available on Bandcamp to stream & purchase with all of the band’s proceeds benefiting Seattle’s Aurora Commons.

From Ben:

This is a recording of the first ever Death Cab for Cutie show. It was made by our friend Trevor Adams on his dictaphone at The Pacer House in Bellingham, Washington on November 22, 1997. Sprawled across couches and sitting cross-legged on the floor were 25 of our closest friends and fellow musicians. Everyone played acoustic or semi-acoustic with no PA. Trevor made and passed bowl after bowl of microwave popcorn because he was (and I assume still is) a great host.

Chris Walla and I had just finished the You Can Play These Songs with Chords cassette and we thought it would be fun to play a few shows around Bellingham to celebrate the release. We recruited Nick Harmer to play bass and Walla’s childhood friend Nathan Good to play drums. None of us thought we were starting a band nor did our ambitions for DCfC extend very far past this particular evening. We simply thought it would be fun to play these songs for our friends before moving on to other things.

I remain forever grateful to Trevor for inviting us to play in his living room 20 years ago today. It was one of the greatest nights of my life at the time and its significance has only grown since.

Benjamin Gibbard
Death Cab for Cutie
November 22, 2017

Where does the time go? ‘Narrow Stairs’ is 10 years old today. After ‘Plans,’ we didn’t exactly know where we were going, but we knew we couldn’t go back. Ben found Big Sur. Jason built a studio. Nick wrote a bass line. Chris committed to the tape machine. We started making ‘Narrow Stairs’ in August of 2007, the weeks turned into months, and as the album came into focus, the future did too.

-Death Cab for Cutie

READ: Ben’s interview with Stereogum

READ: Nick’s interview with The Line of Best Fit