Calling A New “Cab”

Calling A New “Cab”

Robert McCall '15, Staff Writer

It has been awhile, four years to be exact, since we have heard anything from Washington’s Death Cab For Cutie, but on March 31 that will all change, as the band releases its eighth studio album, Kintsugi.

In the four years since DCFC’s last album Codes and Keys, a lot has happened, including front man Ben Gibbard’s divorce from Zooey Deschanel, and the announcement of founding member Chris Walla’s departure from the band. With many things happening in their lives, so many changes and ups and downs, it seems fitting that the band used Kintsugi, which is the traditional Japanese art of fixing broken ceramics or glass with a combination of gold dust and resin, as their album title. Bassists Nick Harper told Rolling Stone that the kintsugi “resonated with us as a philosophy, and it connected to a lot of what we were going through, both professionally and personally.”

As for Walla, he was ever present in the studio as this would be his final album. Walla normally acted as producer on Death Cab’s albums, but this time he was just there as a musician, and the band used a new producer. “Chris got us where we are today,” said Gibbard in an interview with Magnet Magazine, “and I wouldn’t change a single note of that.” The band seems ready to move forward without Walla, and get Kintsugi, an album Gibbard says is “an opportunity for the band to become something it could only become by losing a founding member,” out to the public.

The album itself will hold eleven tracks, and is home to a very familiar DCFC sound, powered by extremely strong lyrics and melodic guitar riffs. The band has already released four singles: “Black Sun,” “No Room in Frame,” “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive,” and “Little Wanderer.” If these songs give us any insight into how the album will play out then Death Cab hasn’t changed much, which for some can be good or bad for some fans. Musically it’s solid, but for me what has always stood out about Death Cab is their story telling. It’s being able to see your favorite author grow and develop. There has always been this constant voice coming from Gibbard’s lyrics, and if that’s what makes you a fan of DCFC then you’ll be happy to know that it’s still very much a part of their sound.