Death Cab for Cutie will rock the Greek Theatre Thursday and Friday, August 18th and 19th 2011. Death Cab tours in support of their seventh studio effort, Codes and Keys, an album that was released on May 31, 2011.
When I think of Death Cab, the first thing that springs to mind is lead singer Ben Gibbard’s 2006 project the Postal Service. The electro-pop album, titled Give Up, was comprised of love songs from two birds on opposite sides of the country. Producer Jimmy Tamborello would send Gibbard instrumentals he composed which Gibbard would then sing over and return to Tamborello via the US Postal Service – hence the band’s name.
But Death Cab was an industry powerhouse long before The Postal Service. At its inception in 1997, Gibbard recorded a solo demo and named it Death Cab for Cutie – in part inspired by the 1967 Beatles film Magical Mystery Tour. Once his demo was released, Gibbard was signed to Barsuk Records. From there he recruited his full band; including his long time collaborator Chris Walla (guitarist, production and keyboardist).
Death Cab has reached major music listeners’ ears in the last half decade due to the combined strength of The Postal Service’s success and Death Cab’s 2005 album Plans, featuring the hit single “Soul Meets Body” and the Grammy-nominated, Gibbard solo performance “I Will Follow You into the Dark”.
These days the band, now seasoned with experience and success, has left the lofty angst of their earlier records behind for a renewed sense of wisdom. Codes and Keys marks a new height of understanding for Gibbard and company as they step into days redefining their footprints into the future.
Thursday and Friday August 18 and 19 will certainly be two occasions of audio and visual enlightenment for all lucky enough to attend. Grab your girl, a picnic and an open mind and get yourself to the Greek – summer is almost over!
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