We couldn’t be more pleased to share ‘The Blue EP’ with you today – it’s a collection of five new Death Cab tracks.
You’ve already heard “Kids in ‘99” and “To the Ground”. “Kids in ‘99” and “Blue Bloods” are two brand-new recordings that we made with producer Peter Katis this past winter. It was our first time working with him and we are absolutely thrilled with the results. The future feels filled with endless possibilities; these two songs point toward some of them. We are also excited to share a studio video for “Blue Bloods” today, made by our friend Justin Mitchell who spent some time with us while we were recording.
“To the Ground” and “Before the Bombs” were both recorded with Rich Costey during the sessions for ‘Thank You For Today’. They were both in the final running order for the record until the very last moment, but in the end we felt that they didn’t quite fit the theme that ultimately unified TYFT. We’re so glad they are seeing the light of day on this collection.
As for “Man in Blue”, in the months leading up to recording ‘Thank You For Today’, we convened at Zac’s studio in Burbank to come up with and informally record band arrangements of potential songs for that album. Many of the final tracks, such as “Northern Lights” and “I Dreamt We Spoke Again”, were first arranged during these sessions.
“Man in Blue” was one of these songs, but something about our very first run-through of it had such a special quality to it that we decided not to re-record it for the album. What you’re hearing here is our efforts from that day.
As this touring cycle begins to wind down, we are once again looking to the future, getting excited to record again, feeling more free and fearless than ever before. ‘The Blue EP’ feels like a good, big step in the right direction. As always, thanks for following along.
“To the Ground” was one of the first songs we worked on during the sessions for ‘Thank You for Today’. It remained a band favorite throughout the process; indeed, literally up until the week that we had to send the record off to be mastered, the idea was for it to either begin or end the record!
In the end, we decided that it didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the tracks thematically, and we wanted to give it a proper home where it could stretch its legs and take up the grand amount of space it demanded. Happily, the perfect home has been found – kicking off ‘The Blue EP’, a collection of five new tracks, available on September 6th.
In the meantime, take a listen to “To the Ground” right now!
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THE BLUE EP is a collection of five new tracks that share a similar conception but different births. We love these songs and can’t wait for you to hear them when the EP drops on September 6th.
For now, though, we are very happy to share “Kids in ‘99”, one of a pair of tracks we recorded with producer Peter Katis this past winter. It was our first time working with him and we are absolutely thrilled with the results. We hope you like it too. More soon. As always, thank you for listening.
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Listen to Ben’s cover of the Frightened Rabbit song “Keep Yourself Warm” now on all streaming services.
Tiny Changes, a cover album of ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’ is out this Friday 7/12.
Hey folks, we’re stoked to present a special single collection for “When We Drive”, featuring a newly-recorded acoustic version as well as stunning remixes from the incomparable Tune-Yards and Double Major alum Chong the Nomad! Listen here.
We know you’ve all been waiting, so we’re thrilled to finally announce two Seattle area shows at beautiful Marymoor Park in Redmond! We can’t wait to play a couple of hometown gigs for you.
In addition, we’re playing the Portland Zoo for the first time, headed back to Singapore, doing a two night residency in San Diego, and also announcing appearances in Sayreville and Vancouver. See you out there!
Our limited artist presale starts tomorrow 3/20 at 10am local. Sign up the presale now.
General tickets for newly announced North American dates go on sale Friday 3/22 at 10am local and tickets for Singapore go on sale Tuesday 3/26 at 12am local.
Bellingham and WWU is where it all began. We have so many memories of house shows, The Showoff Gallery, The 3B, Red Square and KUGS, all places we met friends and found our community. All places vital to the start of our band. And as we have continued on, it’s been amazing to see and hear so much music continue to flow out of Bellingham too.
So when we met ODESZA, our bond of being “from Bellingham” was an instant connection. We know the same spots, we hiked the same trails, and we share a similar spirit that our days living there allowed to grow. It was only natural that we thought “let’s play a show together and celebrate our starts.”
And now, we are. We’ve worked with the University and Alumni Association, the Mayor’s office, the fire and police departments, The City of Bellingham Permits Office and the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department to be able to put this show together. We are excited and proud to be a part of this “Double Major” show along with chong the nomad, Robotaki, and LipStitch.
See you soon Bellingham! Sign up for the presale + more info at doublemajorbellingham.com.
Over the last six months, we’ve had the opportunity to arrange and perform acoustic versions of some songs from “Thank You for Today” in various situations. Some of them sounded so nice to us that we figured it would be a shame not to record them, so last December we spent a couple of days in Seattle doing just that. Today we’re happy to share the version of “Northern Lights” from that session – enjoy! Listen here.
We’re delighted to announce another leg of our Thank You for Today tour, this time returning to some of our favorite US venues as well as some long-awaited stops in Canada.
We couldn’t be happier to also share that our dear friend Jenny Lewis will be opening most of these dates in June! Additional dates will be opened by the fantastic Lala Lala, and to top it off, we have two very special shows coming up: Red Rocks with Mitski and the Hollywood Bowl with Car Seat Headrest. We can’t wait to see you out there.
Our artist presale starts Tuesday, 1/22 at 10am local and the general on-sale begins Friday, 1/25 at 10am local
Thank You for Today, August 17th, 2018. Out worldwide.
Friends, it’s been quite a week for us. Releasing a record is a time of great excitement and great vulnerability. Thankfully, we’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from those of you who have given the album an advance listen. And for those of you with the willpower to resist the temptation until now, well: here’s your reward.
In making a record that reflects upon and asks questions of the past, we’ve really made a record that turns its gaze to the present moment. Today. Right now. After all, every decision you’ve ever made in your life has led to this. Reading this sentence on a screen, wherever you are. Sitting at the breakfast table with your morning cup of coffee. On your phone, waiting in line for the subway. On your work computer. In bed, lights out, your face dimly lit by the faint glow of an electronic device.
What have you learned? What would you have done differently? Where will you go from here?
Of course, we’re asking ourselves these questions too. Because after all, it’s also a record about the future. Looking forwards and backwards simultaneously, from summer to autumn. We only get to do this once.
This is what we do. And this is what we’re going to keep doing. We’re so ready to play these songs for you. Thank you for the opportunity to do so. Thank you for taking the next step with us. This isn’t our record anymore: it’s yours. Thank you for today.
Here for you always, Death Cab for Cutie.