Created in 1997, Death Cab for Cutie is an emo-alternative rock band from Bellingham, Washington. Their sound is similar to the indie pop style that spawned in the early 2000s. Associated acts include The Postal Service, Martin Youth Auxillary, and Eureka Farm.
In the late 1990s, Ben Gibbard began work on his first solo project. The recording entitled, You Can Play These Songs with Chords did well for an unsolicited EP. After the release, he gained a small following and added guitarist Chris Walla. Later, they added the rhythm section with Nick Harmer on Bass and Nathan Good on drums. The ensemble became Death Cab for Cutie and they began playing in the local Bellingham area.
From 1998 to 2003, the group released sporadic music and replaced drummers. Their first LP, something About Airplanes came first, followed by We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes. In 2000 they dropped The Forbidden Love and one year later, released The Photo Album. None of the records garnered mainstream success or a label deal; yet, they did build a large cult following. During this time drummers came and went, but in 2003 they settled with Jason McGerr. With McGerr featured on the album, they dropped Transsatlanticism in October. The record became the first to gain commercial attention and appeared on several different TV shows.
In 2004, the group left their small label and joined with Atlantic Records. Although they had many offers, Death Cab for Cutie wanted representation with creative freedom. After inking their deal, they began work on their first album, Plans. The record scored big points with fans and critics, leading to a Grammy nomination in 2005. The same year, the group dropped a DVD featuring live performances. They followed by spending the 2006 year on a US tour, which finished near their hometown in Seattle, Washington.
Two years later, the group finished their next album and released, Narrow Stairs. The record garnered critical and commercial acclaim. The album received many awards and nominations including a node at the Grammys. The music diverted from their previous albums and proved more experimental for the band. They continued their success throughout the next year releasing The Open Door EP. It too received a Grammy nomination; yet, failed to bring in the prestigious award. In 2011, their next album, Codes and Keys equaled the success of the previous, earning the same nominations. They followed by touring the US, making notable stops at the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. Later, they crossed the pond and headed to the UK for a European tour.
In 2013, the group released some re-mastered music along with a live album. Death Cab for a Cutie also announced that they were in the process of recording a new album. The record released in the summer of 2004 and the band is currently preparing for an upcoming tour.
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