Death Cab For Cutie

I Will Possess Your Heart

I’ve been a fan of Death Cab For Cutie for a while now. I discovered them while I was living in France. Hearing their earlier albums always brings back memories of hanging out in our very small living room, drinking wine with Steve.

I never had the chance to see them live, though. Possibly because their music is rather sedate. Complex and amazing, but often sedate. I just didn’t think that they’d be very interesting live.

I was proven very, very wrong last week on Monday. Joanne managed to win us tickets to see Death Cab for Cutie at Koko, as a part of the iTunes Live: London Festival (did they come up with that name by committee?).

The whole show was great. Ben Gibbard has an amazing stage presence. He is energetic and clearly loves what he does. I shouldn’t have expected anything less from a Seattle band, to be honest.

The highlight of the show was I Will Possess Your Heart. It seemed to last forever — though not as long as the wall of sound at the end of the My Bloody Valentine gig, which I should blog about. I Will Follow You Into The Dark was equally amazing, though for different reasons. It was Ben Gibbard solo with a guitar. After treating us to a lush and intricate musical arrangement, he proved that he was equally capable of making incredible songs even when they are stripped down to the very basics.

The day after the show, I listened to Narrow Stairs, their new album, again. I’d listened to Narrow Stair twice, but it didn’t really strike me. Of course, I’d listened to it through the crappy little speaker in my MacBook. This time, I listened to it through headphones. It was a completely different experience. I now love the album.

2 thoughts on “Death Cab For Cutie

  1. Indeed, listening to those older albums does bring back memories of dinners at your place. Buddy. Joanne. You. The little iMac (what was the name) and those damned stairs we had to climb! Any pictures of that?

    Good times.

    I’ve seen DCfC many times and they’ve never disappointed. Glad you got the chance to see them. Looking forward to your post about MBV! Going to see them when they hit NY.

  2. @s.koch Hmm. I’ll have to see if we have any pictures of France. They certainly won’t be on the image server. That was before we entered the digital era. Oh, the iMac’s name was Pongo. He still lives in the cellar. Maybe one day I’ll replace that flyback transformer and see if I can bring him back to life.

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