photo: Brian Tamborello
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Local Dishes: Pacific Salmon, Ben Gibbard
Record Label: Barsuk
Critical Jargon: Indie rock royalty for all the right reasons, Death Cab For Cutie has been slowly but surely rising in prominence thanks to increasingly perfect song craft, production and live performances. Vocalist Ben Gibbard's lyrics paint emotionally raw and honest pictures anybody with a heart can relate to, while guitarist Chris Walla produces with startling clarity and poignancy. Sensitive, but never sappy; intelligent, but fully capable of rocking out; intricate, but immediately accessible–this is the sound of a band settling into an assured past, present and future of superlative musicianship and undeniable excellence.
Quoth the Band Member: "Between '96 and '97, I wrote eight or nine songs that were suddenly really good. I'd had the first major heartbreak of my adult life–that always helps!" - Ben Gibbard, vocals, guitar