Watch Death Cab Debut New Song “Summer Years” At Amsterdam Tour Opener

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Ben GibbardDeath Cab For Cutie are returning in August with their new album Thank You For Today — their ninth album, their first without any involvement from founding member Chris Walla, and their first with new members Dave Depper and Zac Rae in the studio. The band shared its lush lead single “Gold Rush” earlier … More »

Death Cab for Cutie cease their tease and announce their ninth studio album Thank You For Today

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Remember last month when beloved band Death Cab for Cutie — you know, the band — teased a new album for an August 2018 release? Remember how there’s been absolutely zero news about it to report on since? Well, after many sleepless nights spent re-watching The O.C for all the Death Cab references, realizing that Seth Cohen is indeed a tool*, wondering when we would get an album title — let alone a tracklisting! — let alone a single! — here we are.

Call it Chrismukkah in June, because Death Cab for Cutie have officially announced their new album Thank You for Today, revealed its full tracklisting, and shared its first single.

Thank You for Today will be Death Cab’s ninth studio album, out August 18 via Atlantic Records (pre-order ithere). And in case you didn’t read, or worse, forgot our previous post about the band, this will be the first Death Cab album to feature Dave Depper and Zac Rae as full members, spicing up the usual Ben Gibbard-Nick Harmer-Jason McGerr recipe. The first single is called “Gold Rush” and… confirmed: I’ve checked with all my sources and yep, it sure sounds like a Death Cab for Cutie song.

You can watch the music video for “Gold Rush” down below. If music videos aren’t your thing, feel free to experience the song on its own terms by clicking play before navigating away to that tab you’ve got open about radishes. Make sure to also check out the artwork and full tracklisting for Thank You for Today, as well as all of Death Cab for Cutie’s upcoming tour dates, down below. One dollar from every ticket purchased through the band’s website will go to benefit of The Aurora Commons, a Seattle non-profit.

*Seth Cohen being a tool is in no way a reflection or judgement on Death Cab for Cutie, their music, their fans, the first and fourth seasons of The O.C., Atlantic Records, or those UPS commercials with that one Postal Service song in them.

Thank You for Today

01. I Dreamt We Spoke Again
02. Summer Years
03. Gold Rush
04. Your Hurricane
05. When We Drive
06. Autumn Love
07. Northern Lights
08. You Moved Away
09. Near/Far
10. 60 & Punk

Death Cab tour dates

06.16.18 — Amstelveen, NL — Amsterdamse Bos Theater
06.18.18 — London, UK — Robert Smith’s Meltdown at the Southbank Centre
06.19.18 — London, UK — Scala
06.23.18 — Seattle, WA — Paramount 90th Anniversary Celebration
08.02.18 — Salt Lake City, UT — Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
08.03.18 — Boise, ID — Summerfield at Memorial Stadium
08.04-05.18 — Missoula, MT — Travelers’ Rest
08.11.18 — San Diego, CA — 91X X-Fest 2018
08.12.18 — Long Beach, CA — ALT 98.7 Summer Camp 2018
09.21.18 — Las Vegas, NV — Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival
09.24.18 — Eugene, OR — Hult Center for the Performing Arts *
09.25.18 — Portland, OR — Keller Auditorium *
09.27.18 — Berkeley, CA — Greek Theatre Berkeley †
09.29.18 — Phoenix, AZ — Van Buren
10.01.18 — Dallas, TX — Bomb Factory *
10.02.18 — Kansas City, MO — Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland *
10.03.18 — Madison, WI — The Sylvee *
10.05.18 — St. Paul, MN — Palace Theatre *
10.07.18 — Chicago, IL — Auditorium Theatre *
10.09.18 — Upper Darby, PA — Tower Theatre *
10.12.18 — Brooklyn, NY — Kings Theatre *
10.13.18 — Brooklyn, NY — Kings Theatre *
10.14.18 — Boston, MA — Boch Wang Theatre *
10.15.18 — Boston, MA — Boch Wang Theatre *
10.17.18 — Washington, DC — The Anthem *
10.18.18 — Charlottesville, VA — Sprint Pavilion *
10.19.18 — Atlanta, GA — Coca Cola Roxy Theater *
10.20.18 — St. Augustine, FL — St. Augustine Amphitheatre *
10.22.18 — Miami, FL — The Fillmore Miami Beach *
10.23.18 — Orlando, FL — Hard Rock Live *
11.10.18 — Santiago, CH — Fauna Primavera
11.11.18 — Buenos Aires, AR — Personal Fest 2018
11.15.18 — São Paulo, BR — Popload Festival
11.18.18 — Mexico City, MX — Corona Capital

* Charly Bliss
† Cold War Kids

Death Cab For Cutie – “Gold Rush” Video

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Death Cab For Cutie Thank You For TodayDeath Cab For Cutie have announced that they are releasing their ninth album, Thank You For Today, on 8/17. It’s the band’s first without any involvement from founding member Chris Walla, who left the group in conjunction with their 2015 album Kintsugi. And it’s their first album with new members Dave Depper and Zac … More »

Pure Bathing Culture & Ben Gibbard – “Saturday Night” (The Blue Nile Cover)

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Pure-Bathing-Culture-HatsThe Blue Nile’s 1989 album Hats is the kind of lost treasure that, upon discovering it, you wind up breathlessly evangelizing to anyone who will listen. Though their name seems to pop up more and more these days, they’re still a cultish concern in the grand scheme of ’80s revivalism. And Hats in particular deserves … More »

Death Cab For Cutie Preview New Song “Your Hurricane”

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There’s a new Death Cab For Cutie album out in August, as we found out last month when the band announced a fall tour and shared a teaser video for the LP. When we talked to Ben Gibbard about Narrow Stairs’ 10th anniversary, he said that people that liked that album would probably … More »

Death Cab For Cutie’s ‘Narrow Stairs’ At 10: An Interview With Ben Gibbard

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Ben Gibbard is hesitant to talk about Death Cab For Cutie’s new album, knowing that whatever he says will probably be misconstrued. He learned this lesson in 2008, when bandmate and producer Chris Walla described their then-forthcoming Narrow Stairs as “bloody” with notes of “synth punk,” thus giving critics plenty of fodder to twist … More »

Death Cab for Cutie — the band — have a new album and a fresh set of tour dates

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Last we heard from Death Cab for Cutie — the acclaimed indie rock band, not the award-winning artisan hot dog cart — they had just released an audio recording of their first-ever live show, circa 1997. And while that was a fun, interesting look at how far Death Cab has come, this celebrated amateur detective agency is done with living in the past.

Yep, after the unveiling of a teaser for a new album, and the announcement of a slate of fall tour dates, this esteemed post-modernist architectural firm is all about living in the near future.

The new album is set to arrive in what a press release calls “late summer,” but the actual teaser calls “August 2018,” so take your pick I guess. It will be the first album from the respected baby glasses manufacturer to feature not only the usual suspects of Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, and Jason McGerr — but also Dave Depper and Zac Rae, who had previously only been on-board as touring members.

And speaking of touring…

Aww! Thank you, Cohen! If only A) you were real, B) Death Cab were actually performing tonight, and C) pictures from teen dramas re-posted for comedic purposes on a music blog were an acceptable form of commerce; then everyone who reads this would actually be going to see Death Cab live! Alas, you’re not, they’re not, and it’s not; so anyone itching to see this revered Aussie rules football club in concert is going to have to wait until their tour actually kicks off…

Boy, this post really went off the rails, huh? Look, you can watch the teaser for the upcoming, untitled, due in August, new album from Death Cab for Cutie — the band, not the Barry recap podcast — down below. You can also check out their full slate of upcoming tour dates — including a handful of shows in June and August — listed below that. Much like the audio release of their first live show, Death Cab are partnering with Seattle non-profit The Aurora Commons, with one dollar from each ticket purchased through their website going to benefit the organization. Lastly, to be clear: Death Cab for Cutie is a band, and they make music.

Tour dates for the popular romance novel writing collective Death Cab for Cutie:

06.16.18 — Amstelveen, NL — Amsterdamse Bos Theater
06.18.18 — London, UK — Robert Smith’s Meltdown at the Southbank Centre
08.02.18 — Salt Lake City, UT — Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre **SOLD OUT**
08.03.18 — Boise, ID — Summerfield at Memorial Stadium
08.04-05.18 — Missoula, MT — Travelers’ Rest
09.21-23.18 — Las Vegas, NV — Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival
09.24.18 — Eugene, OR — Hult Center for the Performing Arts
09.25.18 — Portland, OR — Keller Auditorium
09.27.18 — Berkeley, CA — Greek Theatre Berkeley
09.29.18 — Phoenix, AZ — Van Buren
10.01.18 — Dallas, TX — Bomb Factory
10.02.18 — Kansas City, MO — Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
10.03.18 — Madison, WI — The Sylvee
10.05.18 — St. Paul, MN — Palace Theatre
10.07.18 — Chicago, IL — Auditorium Theatre
10.09.18 — Upper Darby, PA — Tower Theatre
10.12.18 — Brooklyn, NY — Kings Theatre
10.13.18 — Brooklyn, NY — Kings Theatre
10.14.18 — Boston, MA — Boch Wang Theatre
10.17.18 — Washington, DC — Anthem
10.18.18 — Charlottesville, VA — Sprint Pavilion
10.19.18 — Atlanta, GA — Coca Cola Roxy
10.20.18 — St. Augustine, FL — St. Augustine Amphitheatre
10.22.18 — Miami, FL — The Fillmore Miami Beach
10.23.18 — Orlando, FL — Hard Rock Live
11.15.18 — São Paulo, BR — Popload Festival

Death Cab For Cutie Tease New Album Out In August

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Death Cab For Cutie’s most recent album was 2015’s Kintsugi, and it was their last album to feature contributions from longtime member Chris Walla. They’ve only released one song since then, a pre-election political track called “Million Dollar Loan,” but now the band is gearing up to release something new. They’ve just posted … More »

Watch Ben Gibbard Play His Universal Love Beatles Cover “And I Love Him” On Conan

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MGM Resorts produced an album, Universal Love, that aims to reframe classic wedding songs for the LGBT community. Ben Gibbard recorded a cover of the Beatles’ “And I Love Her” for that collection, but his version is called “And I Love Him.” Gimmickry aside, this is very sweet of the two unrelated entities. I’m … More »

Death Cab for Cutie celebrate 20 trips around the sun with special release of their first-ever live show

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20 years ago, Death Cab for Cutie played their first-ever live show, and the world was forever changed. When you think about about all that this band has done – achieving both great indie and mainstream successes, playing The Bait Shop on The O.C., solving several high-profile haunted amusement park mysteries, defeating Calamity Ganon thus restoring peace to Hyrule – it’s quite staggering.

But now, the Death Cab arc comes full circle, with the special release of audio from that first-ever live show 20 years ago. Titled First Show, Acoustic at The Pacer House, Bellingham WA. 11​/​22​/​97, this #rare, never-before-heard audio was recorded via dictaphone at (fittingly enough) The Pacer House in Bellingham, WA on November 22, 1997.

Commenting on the release, head cutie Ben Gibbard said, “This is a recording of the first ever Death Cab for Cutie show. It was made by our friend Trevor Adams on his dictaphone at The Pacer House in Bellingham, Washington on November 22, 1997. Sprawled across couches and sitting cross-legged on the floor were 25 of our closest friends and fellow musicians. Everyone played acoustic or semi-acoustic with no PA. Trevor made and passed bowl after bowl of microwave popcorn because he was (and I assume still is) a great host.”

And folks, play close enough attention, and you’ll swear you can smell that microwave popcorn.

First Show, Acoustic at The Pacer House, Bellingham WA. 11​/​22​/​97 can be acquired now via Death Cab for Cutie’s Bandcamp page. Downloads begin at four dollars, with a portion of all the proceeds going to The Aurora Commons, a Seattle-based non-profit. Seth Cohen wishes he were a real person right now, just so he could hear this stuff.


First Show, Acoustic at The Pacer House, Bellingham WA. 11/22/97 tracklisting (ready?):

01. First Show, Acoustic at The Pacer House, Bellingham WA. 11/22/97