Atlantic recording group Death Cab for Cutie has announced details of their upcoming fall tour. The dates – which see the 8x GRAMMY Award-nominated band playing intimate venues and theatres across North America – begin September 24th at Eugene, OR’s Hult Center for the Performing Arts and travel through mid-October. Death Cab for Cutie pre-sales begin Wednesday, May 2nd at 10am (local). One dollar from each ticket purchased through the band’s website will go towards The Aurora Commons – a Seattle based non-profit organization which offers a safe space for unhoused neighbors to rest, prepare a meal, connect to resources, and collectively create a healthy and vibrant community. All remaining tickets will be released to the general public on Friday, May 4th at 10 am (local).
Death Cab for Cutie recently finished recording their highly anticipated new album, and today unveiled the first glimpse via a teaser clip featuring one of the tracks. The album will arrive in late summer and marks the first Death Cab for Cutie release to see long time bandmates Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, and Jason McGerr joined in the studio by new members Dave Depper (Menomena, Fruit Bats, Corin Tucker, Ray Lamontagne) and Zac Rae (My Brightest Diamond, Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, Gnarls Barkley). Depper and Rae have both been part of Death Cab’s touring band since 2015.
Meanwhile, Death Cab for Cutie are currently poised to embark on a limited series of international summer live dates, including headline shows in Amstelveen, NL and London – the latter set for June 18th as part of Robert Smith’s Meltdown at the Southbank Centre – as well as our own Salt Lake City, UT’s Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre (August 2nd) and Boise, ID’s Summerfield at Memorial Stadium (August 3rd). In addition, the band will be among the headliners at a number of upcoming festivals: Travelers Rest, curated by The Decemberists at Missoula, MT’s Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheatre on August 4th and 5th, Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival in Las Vegas (September 21-23), and São Paulo, Brazil’s Popload Festival, set for November 15th at the world famous Memorial da América Latina.
Death Cab for Cutie was born in 1997 when Western Washington University engineering student and budding guitarist-songwriter Benjamin Gibbard first united with guitarist-keyboardist-producer Chris Walla and bassist Nick Harmer to record a demo cassette dubbed “YOU CAN PLAY THESE SONGS WITH CHORDS.” Though Gibbard had initially conceived the tape as a solo project, the eight-song cassette proved both popular and aesthetically successful, prompting him to reconfigure Death Cab for Cutie as a full band. Death Cab for Cutie made their official live debut on November 22nd that same year, a performance recently uncovered and released as “FIRST SHOW, ACOUSTIC AT THE PACER HOUSE, BELLINGHAM WA. 11/22/97,” available now exclusively via Bandcamp; downloads begin at $4 with all of the band’s proceeds benefitting Seattle’s The Aurora Commons.
Immediately hailed as one of indie rock’s most compelling and creative collectives, Death Cab for Cutie’s milestone debut album, “SOMETHING ABOUT AIRPLANES,” arrived in 1998 via the Seattle-based independent label, Barsuk. The band enjoyed a long relationship with Barsuk before making their Atlantic Records debut with 2005’s fifth studio release, “PLANS.” The album proved the band’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.” The latter track was honored with a GRAMMY nomination as “Best Pop Performance By Duo Or Group With Vocals,” with “PLANS” receiving the nod as “Best Alternative Album.” “DIRECTIONS,” the 2006 DVD companion to “PLANS,” earned an additional GRAMMY nod as “Best Longform Music Video.”
Now fully affirmed as an era-defining band, Death Cab for Cutie made a stunning #1 debut atop the SoundScan/Billboard 200 with 2008’s RIAA gold certified “NARROW STAIRS.” More critical acclaim and two further GRAMMY nominations followed, including nods for “Best Alternative Album” and “Best Rock Song” (honoring the hit single, “I Will Possess Your Heart”). “THE OPEN DOOR” EP was released in 2009, earning DCFC a third consecutive GRAMMY Award nomination for “Best Alternative Album.” “CODES AND KEYS” arrived in 2011 and made a top 3 entry on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 before receiving the band’s fourth straight GRAMMY nomination for “Best Alternative Music Album.” “You Are A Tourist,” the album’s first single, also proved a multi-format radio smash, reaching #1 at both Triple A and Modern Rock outlets nationwide – Death Cab for Cutie’s first-ever #1 at the latter format.
Death Cab for Cutie’s eighth studio album, “KINTSUGI” made a remarkable chart debut upon its March 2015 release, debuting at #1 on Billboard’s “Top Alternative Albums” and “Top Rock Albums” charts, as well as #8 on the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200. Hailed by Magnet as perhaps “the best record of (Death Cab for Cuties’s) 17-year career,” the album was honored with a “Best Rock Album” nomination for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards – the iconic band’s eighth overall nod.
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE TOUR 2018
16 Amstelveen, NL Amsterdamse Bos Theater
18 London, ENG Robert Smith’s Meltdown at the Southbank Centre
2 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre *SOLD OUT*
3 Boise, ID Summerfield at Memorial Stadium
4-5 Missoula, MT Travelers’ Rest
21-23 Las Vegas, NV Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival
24 Eugene, OR Hult Center for the Performing Arts
25 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
27 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre Berkeley
29 Phoenix, AZ Van Buren
1 Dallas, TX Bomb Factory
2 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
3 Madison, WI The Sylvee
5 St. Paul, MN Palace Theatre
7 Chicago, IL Auditorium Theatre
9 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
12 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
13 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
14 Boston, MA Boch Wang Theatre
17 Washington DC Anthem
18 Charlottesville, VA Sprint Pavilion
19 Atlanta, GA Coca Cola Roxy
20 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
22 Miami, FL The Fillmore Miami Beach
23 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
15 São Paulo, BR Popload Festival