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Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie's rise from small-time solo project to Grammy-nominated rock band is one of indie rock's greatest success stories. Launched in the bayside college town of Bellingham, Washington, the group was originally a side project for singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard, an engineering student at Western Washington University who split his time between school and music. Taking a break from his local power pop band, Pinwheel, Gibbard began recording an album's worth of solo material during the summer of 1997. Producer Chris Walla lent his help to the sessions, which resulted in an eight-song cassette entitled You Can Play These Songs with Chords. When the tape became a local hit, Gibbard reached into his circle of friends to form a band, hoping to play the new songs live. Bassist Nick Harmer (Gibbard's roommate) and drummer Nathan Good climbed aboard, and Walla enlisted as the band's primary guitarist (he would also go on to produce most of the band's future releases). With a lineup now in place, Gibbard's group rechristened itself Death Cab for Cutie (named after a song by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) and signed a contract with the Seattle-based Barsuk Records within a year's time.

The quartet made its studio debut with 1998's Something About Airplanes, an album that featured several re-recorded tracks from the You Can Play These Songs with Chords cassette as well as a dreamy, pop-oriented sound reminiscent of Built to Spill. Gibbard and Walla both continued to pursue their own projects (including Gibbard's successful stint with the Postal Service), but that didn't keep Death Cab for Cutie from returning to the studio for a second album, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, which appeared in 2000. Nathan Good left the group just prior to the album's completion, and We Have the Facts introduced Michael Schorr as Death Cab's new drummer. The Forbidden Love EP arrived that same year, while a third full-length effort, The Photo Album, was released in 2001. By this time, a sizable audience had gathered around the band's emotional music, and Barsuk re-released You Can Play These Songs with Chords in 2002 with ten additional songs.

The polished, hook-laden Transatlanticism arrived in 2003 and announced the arrival of drummer Jason McGerr, who had previously played in a band with Nick Harmer before Death Cab's formation. The album also proved to be a very important step in the band's career, gathering positive attention from consumers and industry execs (including television producer Josh Schwartz, who prominently featured the band's music throughout several seasons of The O.C.). With their popularity at an all-time high, the bandmates issued a live disc, The John Byrd E.P., and later signed a worldwide major-label deal with Atlantic Records in November 2004.

Plans was released the following summer and debuted at number four, remaining on the Billboard charts for nearly one year and achieving platinum status on the strength of three singles (including the acoustic ballad "I Will Follow You into the Dark"). Death Cab for Cutie graced the cover of Spin magazine, appeared on an episode of Saturday Night Live, and earned a Grammy nomination for their major-label debut. Work on a follow-up album coincided with the release of Chris Walla's solo effort, Field Manual, and Death Cab returned in May 2008 with Narrow Stairs, a darker effort that debuted at the top of the Billboard 200. The band proceeded to tour throughout the remainder of the year, while a deluxe version of Something About Airplanes (which was packaged with a recording of their very first show in Seattle) was released in November to introduce newer fans to Death Cab's early material.

Death Cab for Cutie continued touring throughout the first half of 2009, hitting Japan and Australia as well as an additional slew of American venues. The Open Door EP arrived that spring, featuring several scrapped songs from the Narrow Stairs sessions and a demo version of "Talking Bird." The guys incorporated some of those songs into their live sets, all the while preparing to return to the studio after the tour's completion. After a short hiatus -- not to mention a wedding for Ben Gibbard, who married actress/musician Zooey Deschanel -- they reconvened for 2011's Codes and Keys, which found the band relying less on the electric guitar and more on moody, Cure-inspired song textures. Later in 2011 (right around the same time Gibbard and Deschanel announced their split) they released an EP of remixes of songs from the album titled Keys and Codes Remix EP. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Track List: Doors Unlocked And Open (Cut Copy Remix) (Single)

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Track List: You Are A Tourist (Remix Single)

Comments

Trying to create a true indie rock station (i.e. no major labels). I allow them up to Transatlanti c i s m .
ksemoreglee
Just listening to them every once and a while is like a breath of fresh air.
josedgb11
I love this song :) I'll follow you into the dark :)
Omg f**king spam I hate it so much... Your just enjoying read what people think of the band and then I see spam it just ruined the whole experience.. . Any way this band is great. DOWN WITH SPAM
hayden583
Don't read this because it actually works . You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started so don't stop. Put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
how could you not love death cab?
This band and as tall as lions are the best
F**king love brand new. There songs speak to me.
gawd this song, so many memories....
I will follow you in the dark is so amazing I love how its acoustic omg!
Love Pandora for introducing me to bands like this.. Odd name, excellent sound. Naturally a 90's Washington band
The first song I've heard, I'll follow you into the dark, was amazing, simply beautiful. I'm hooked
I found out about them and the postal service about a month ago. I wasn't a really big fan(first song I heard was I Will Follow You Into The Dark) but I loved the Postal Service
edmoeduardo
Love alexa with my hole heart. If. You. Say. There. Is. Nothing. I can do bout it. Ima. F**k u. Off I dream. A lot n. I. Know she's. The one
One of their best songs!
Love this song >~<
Shot!
Best song ever
Western Connection
so how about some jolly co-operation
This is awesome.


You will be kissed on the nearest Friday if you stop you'll die in 2 days put this on five songs in the next 143 mins when your done press f6 and your crush will pop up in caps
Say iPhone 5x pic a color post on 5 songs
Say iPhone 5x
grantman749
amazed people are just now finding out about them and the postal service..

Live in the now- Garth Algar
Ok so I've never heard of this band, but I could tell immediately that I love their sound, which is rare.
pope.kelli02
You guys are ok
ruffhouses3
.... Just caught up to The Postal Service... I'm so sorry for being late.
Probably my favorite band. Seen them live 6 times.
ivonneguzman
Loved this group since I was 5! Bens voice is soooo soothing. Rock on dcfc!!
OMG I love this band. My friend showed me them there amazing!
Alicia your commenting on the band... Not one of their songs...
One of my fav dcfc songs
LUV It!!!
It's actually about Enjolras and Grantaire from Les Mis.
What if I Will Follow You Into the Dark was actually about a stalker?
Pompeii comes on at 5 till 1 in the morning and I HAVE to shut my mouth so I won't wake half the house.AAAAHH H H H H H H ! ! ! ! ! ! !
1 say your name
2 close your eyes and say your crushes name
3 post this on 5 other pages and your crush will ask or kiss you
1.say ur name
2.close ur eyes and say ur crushes name
3.post this on 5 other vids and ur crush will kiss you or ask you out
486981743
Good song
One of my new favorite bands
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felixlisavel
Idk this song just didnt inntrest me
It's alright
486981743
I'm going to barf
486981743
Just bad
486981743
Horible
How did this song be in a Kendrick Lamar station ????
I don't think this song sounds right with the vocalists voice
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