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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.

The band 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 (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. Touring consumed much of 2012, although Gibbard found time to record and release Former Lives, his first official solo album. The band began recording in earnest for their ninth album in October 2013, although in the summer of the following year, Walla announced his departure. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Comments

Some of these songs hit me right in the heart.
jamie2893
the sort of music you think you like but then you listen to it more and decide you can live without it.
Anthony Covatta -- LOVE IS WATCHING SOMEONE DIE.

Our memories depend on a faulty camera in our minds, but I knew that you were a truth
It still amuses me that most people only know/like I'll Follow You Into The Dark There are so many other great tracks out there. I encourage you to find them.
luminescent_ e m a c i a t i o n
Still can't believe I lost Plans. Where could it be? :(

-Arvis
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. You started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on atleast 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
justjilly3
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Pick a school day
Say your name
Post this on 15 different songs and the day you pick your crush will ask you out
Love love love
amberparrish 5 5 8
Kiss it left hand 5 times and say a crush name and it will ask you out
Say iphone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
In Catholic school/ as vicious as Roman rule / I got my knuckles bruised / by a lady in black ./ I held my tongue /as she told me "Son, /fear is the heart of love."/ So i never went back.... Wowza, that's good s**t.
Old fashioned ballad style. I like it! I hope that if someone follows me into the dark they don't forget to bring a flashlight.
"Love of mine someday you will die, but I'll be close behind I'll follow you into the dark" possibly the best lyrics by DCFC
Reminds me of feelings when I hear this song x...x
ixchel2004
LOVE THIS SONG!!!!


Some of these songs e.e right in the feels >.> ❤
Was anybody else introduced to DCFC from a book called Ghost Girl?
melodyhollan d 9
Say i phone 5 times

Pick a color

Post on 5 stations

Then. Looks under pillow
The ice is getting thinner makes me cry every time
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ love it so muchhh.....❤
magis13442
Djcmcdm
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Love you guys! Keep being awesome! <3
LOVE IS WATCHING SOMEONE DIE.
Would u lay with me and just forget the world
I will follow you into the dark.
lrstone22
F6
First time of taken notice to this band although their popular and their so meaningful.t h e r e ' s great balance of drums while still easing your mind
This song reaches out to me and penetrates my anus with massive c**ks made of lyrics
Can't remember the name of a song from DCFC, but it was my song for a solid 4 months. Years ease the memory.
mangias
you commentators are dorks
Is it possible for a band to be better than Death Cab?
dcfc will forever be one of my favorites.
smellen16
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rachelwhite6 0 7
i love their music this is the first time i hard of them they sound pretty dam good
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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 2 day. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
I feel the feels Ben gibbard sings about
He's my favorite artist by far
nicko252008
Depressing.. . .
This song permeates my soul
This is a beautiful song
camgirl47
My boyfriend was a musician and one day, he played me this song. I had never heard it before but after he was finished I said "I want you to play that song for me every day for the rest of my life".
So every night for the next 8 months, he played this song for me. Every night until the day we broke up... And I'm still not sick of it. I still love this song. It's truly wonderful.
Awesome
Love this band <3
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?
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