7-time GRAMMY Award nominated indie band Death Cab for Cutie brings its alternative rock to the Chicago Theatre, 175 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60601, on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, at 7:30pm. Death Cab for Cutie are supporting their latest release entitled, Kintsugi. Opening act is Los Angeles based pop duo, Best Coast. Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.com.
For nearly two decades, Death Cab for Cutie has been hailed as one of contemporary music’s most compelling and creative collectives. The band currently features the core membership of singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard, bassist Nick Harmer, and drummer Jason McGerr, augmented by new touring members Dave Depper (Menomena, Fruit Bats, Corin Tucker, Ray Lamontagne) and Zac Rae (My Brightest Diamond, Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, Gnarls Barkley), both of whom contribute additional guitars and keyboards. The new line-up began 2015 by playing intimate dates in Brooklyn and Seattle – their first shows since the departure of founding member Chris Walla.
Born in Bellingham, Washington in 1997, Death Cab for Cutie followed a long relationship with the Seattle-based independent label, Barsuk, by making their Atlantic Records debut with their fifth studio release, 2005’s PLANS. The album proved Death Cab for Cutie’s popular breakthrough, earning RIAA platinum certification as well as spawning the chart-topping singles, “Soul Meets Body” and “I Will Follow You Into The Dark.”
Now fully affirmed as an era-defining band, Death Cab for Cutie knew immediately that Kintsugi would fit perfectly as the title of their eighth studio album. A philosophy derived from the Japanese art of repairing cracked ceramics with gold to highlight flaws instead of hiding them, kintsugi speaks to the way an object’s history is part of its aesthetic value.
“Considering what we were going through internally, and with what a lot of the lyrics are about, it had a great deal of resonance for us — the idea of figuring out how to repair breaks and make them a thing of beauty,” says bassist Nick Harmer, who suggested the name to singer-guitarist Ben Gibbard and drummer Jason McGerr. “Philosophically, spiritually, emotionally, it seems perfect for this group of songs.”
Long before they gave the album its name, the band embarked on a process that forced them to do things differently than they ever had before. For instance, in the course of making their seven previous albums, the Seattle band hadn’t written much in the studio together. They had always preferred to hone their arrangements separately, or with just two or three of them playing at once. But when it came time to record Kintsugi, Death Cab for Cutie went into the studio with open minds. Their willingness to try anything — including a twenty-minute exploration that evolved into one of the album’s finest tracks, “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive” — yields Death Cab’s most compelling new work in years: an album that packs as much sonic as it does emotional wallop.
Kintsugi was recorded in Los Angeles with Rich Costey (Foster the People, Muse, Vampire Weekend, Chvrches) behind the board. “These guys have a chemistry that’s existed for a long time, and that chemistry can’t be ignored,” says Costey. “When you have a band that can play as well as they can play with each other, having them jam together in real time can actually be the quickest way to try a bunch of ideas and get them on tape.”
“Costey was all in, in a way that I don’t think a lot of producers are nowadays,” says Death Cab for Cutie founding member Ben Gibbard. “We couldn’t have landed on a better collaborator for this record. He accomplished what we’ve always attempted, which is to make Death Cab sound on a record how we sound live. And we’re a rock band live. The difficulty now for the live show is making them rock as hard as they rock on the record. That’s a new quagmire for this band.” [taken from Death Cab for Cutie biography and 2015 tour press release]
View the music video for “Black Sun” by Death Cab for Cutie on YouTube here and view the music video for “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive” by Death Cab for Cutie on YouTube here.
Death Cab for Cutie on Facebook; Death Cab for Cutie on Twitter; Death Cab for Cutie on YouTube
BEST COAST: Los Angeles-based pop duo, Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, are known as Best Coast and are on tour supporting their latest release entitled, California Nights.
“If you have ever lived in California, you know what nighttime here feels like. You know what the sky looks like when those epic sunsets begin, and you understand that feeling and the way things change when the sun finally sets” explains Bethany Cosentino. “In LA, or maybe just personally to me, when the sun sets – I feel like there is a large sense of calmness in the air, and I feel like everything that happened to me prior in the day, whether crappy experiences or good ones, at night, it all goes away and I sink deep into this different kind of ‘world’.”
“Writing California Nights, for me, was a way of taking myself though a step by step journey of learning so much about myself and the world around me,” continues Cosentino. “By the end of it, I got to a place where I was able to come to terms with just how much I can control, and how much I can’t — with the dichotomy of fun vs. dark; happy vs. sad; crazy vs. sane; anxiety vs. calm; perfect vs. screwed up. I realized that I am, more often than not, the creator of my own anxiety and my own stress, and throughout this album, I talk to myself about that and challenge myself to cut the bullshit and just be okay with being okay.”
“I have definitely been the cause for a lot of my own problems in life, and this is something that I am 100% able to own up to and admit. I may not have been able to admit that 5 years ago, when I started this band, but I can see it now and I can address it, so I decided to try and build a record around that idea. I understand that no one and nothing will ever be perfect, but I also realize that THAT is okay and it’s just a part of life.”
“A lot of the writing for this record consisted of me getting to know myself again and remembering where Bethany ended and Best Coast began. I took a much needed step back and I was able to breathe deep for a moment and really focus on what I was doing. The end result of all of that, is California Nights. It’s about a journey, it’s about self acceptance, it’s about learning to let go, it’s about accepting the things you have no control over, it’s about dealing with life like an adult and at the end of the day reminding yourself that there really is no reason to be sad, and you have every right to feel okay.” [taken from Best Coast biography]
View the music video for “In My Eyes” by Best Coast on YouTube here, view the music video for “California Nights” by Best Coast on YouTube here, and view the music video for “Feeling Ok” by Best Coast on YouTube here.
Best Coast on Facebook; Best Coast on Twitter; Best Coast on YouTube
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
The XRT Budweiser BIG Holiday Concert presents
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
with special guest
The Chicago Theatre
175 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com