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Death Cab For Cutie’s “An Arrow In The Wall” Explores Pitfalls Of The 21st Century

Legacy Washington modern rockers Death Cab For Cutie has been nothing short of busy in 2023. Ahead of their co-headlining fall tour with Ben Gibbard’s other project The Postal Service, the band released a brand-new single “An Arrow In The Wall,” which oozes indie sleaze vibes of the late aughts.  With a combination of punchy basslines, sultry and dark vocals, and ethereal synth sounds, the meaning behind the song only makes sense. “‘An Arrow In the Wall’ is about the warning signs all around us in the 21st century that society-at-large is in decay,” Gibbard says. “The arrow lodged in… Read more »


Death Cab For Cutie’s Asphalt Meadows Goes Acoustic

— Death Cab for Cutie is reimagining their latest album, Asphalt Meadows and giving us an acoustic version this March. The original version of their 10th studio album dropped this past September and we’ve been in love ever since. Now we get to experience it all over again on March 10th. Two tracks have already been released: the acoustic version of “Pepper” can be heard here and their cover of “The Plan”, by Low, can be heard here.  On recording “The Plan”, frontman Ben Gibbard said, “I first saw Low in 1994 opening for Sunny Day Real Estate at the… Read more »

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Album Review: Death Cab For Cutie – Asphalt Meadows

“I wanna know the measure from here to forever, and I wanna feel the pressure of God or whatever” Death Cab for Cutie has felt like a warm blanket for over twenty years. Even with music that is rooted deep in emotion, there is a comfort that they bring to the table. It’s been four years since Thank You For Today and today we are finally able to soak in their 10th studio album: Asphalt Meadows. The moment Ben Gibbard’s voice starts up on the first track, “I Don’t Know How I Survive”, you feel like you’re home. As always,… Read more »


Stream Death Cab For Cutie’s reissue of Transatlanticism

  Death Cab for Cutie are streaming the 10th anniversary reissue of their much-loved album  Transatlanticism  over at NPR. It hits shelves on October 29th. The album features a second disc of demo versions in addition to the classic record – it offers a really unique look at how the songs formed into what we all know and love today.


Death Cab For Cutie, Sinatra lead U.S. album chart

Indie rock band Death Cab For Cutie claimed the No. 1 spot on the U.S. pop album charts for the first time in its decade-long career on Wednesday, while a hits package from Frank Sinatra opened at No. 2. “Narrow Stairs,” the band’s second album for Atlantic Records, sold 144,000 copies during the week ended May 18, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Death Cab’s previous album, 2005’s “Plans,” debuted at No. 4 with 90,000 copies and spent 50 weeks on the chart. The Sinatra collection “Nothing But the Best” (Reprise) followed with 99,000. It’s been nearly 15 years since Old Blue… Read more »


Death Cab for Cutie Appearing on 'O.C.'

New York – Get ready for emo on “The O.C.” Creator Josh Schwartz told the April 8 issue of Entertainment Weekly that “the ultimate Bait Shop band will be performing.” He was referring to Death Cab for Cutie. Seth Cohen, played by Adam Brody, has been a fan of the guitar-driven indie-pop quartet since “The O.C.” began two years ago. Much of the band’s recent popularity has been attributed to mentions on the show. The Walkmen, The Killers and The Thrills are among the acts that have performed at the show’s fictional Newport Beach, Calif., rock venue. The episode is… Read more »

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