Death Cab for Cutie ©KLRU photo by Scott Newton

Death Cab for Cutie


From indie-pop fan favorite to a headlining gig on The O.C., Death Cab for Cutie has come a long way since they began recording songs in the late ’90s. The Washington-based group, led by Ben Gibbard, has long been a critical favorite for their infectious melodies and moody lyrics.

Death Cab broke through to a bigger audience with their fourth CD, Transatlanticism. This lush, experimental and emotional release landed the band on many critics “best of the year” lists. Spin wrote the band had “never made the truly great album that their best songs promised. Until now.” And two years after its release Rolling Stone wrote that “That disc still sounds so great, it’s a little scary.”

With such a critically-acclaimed release the band could have come up short on their follow-up but drummer Jason McGerr said “If Transatlanticism was an inhale, Plans is the exhale.” The band’s fifth CD, Plans, deals with struggles of maturing for a release that the Alternative Press said “seamlessly picks up right where 2003’s Transatlanticism left off.”

“All of us in the band are starting to turn a corner and realize our youth is basically over,” said Ben Gibbard. “That’s not a bad thing; it’s just that the feeling of invincibility begins to fall by the wayside. … I’m becoming an adult. And for me, that means being aware of the slow process of losing people in your life.”