Atlantic recording group Death Cab for Cutie has announced an array of activity surrounding the release of their much-anticipated eighth studio album. “KINTSUGI” is available for pre-order now on the iTunes Store; the album arrives everywhere on March 31st.
“Black Sun,” the first single from “KINTSUGI,” has quickly proven an Alternative radio favorite, earning instant rotation at over 50 stations nationwide in the days following its release last month. The track’s official companion video clip premieres today exclusively at Noisey: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/death-cab-for-cutie-black-sun-video-premiere-kintsugi
Death Cab for Cutie recently introduced “Black Sun” to the world with stellar live performances on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman (streaming now at www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zlHvrKQoJw) and CBS’ The Late Late Show (www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXIQRh6f6kc#t=1911).
In other news, Death Cab for Cutie has just added new dates to their hugely anticipated North American headline tour, kicking off Friday, April 10th in Mesa, Arizona and then travelling through the fall (see attached itinerary). Newly announced highlights include Detroit’s historic Fox Theatre on May 5th; Morrison, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 15th; New York City’s Madison Square Garden on September 12th; and a third night at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, set to follow two sold out dates at the same venue on October 5th. Support on most dates through May comes from The Antlers. For complete details and ticket information, please log on to http://deathcabforcutie.com/shows.
Already sold out in Kansas City, Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis, and other cities, the upcoming tour will see Death Cab for Cutie’s 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 will contribute additional guitars and keyboards. The band played intimate dates in Brooklyn and Seattle last month – their first shows since the departure of founding member Chris Walla. “The onstage chemistry between (the) original members…and the new players was surprisingly heartfelt,” raved Seattle Weekly. “The vibe felt as if they had been jamming together for years, and it showed in how beautifully they riffed off of each other during the set’s numerous instrumental solos.”
Recorded in Los Angeles with Rich Costey (Franz Ferdinand, Muse, Interpol) behind the board, “KINTSUGI” takes its title from the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum, highlighting cracks rather than hiding them. As such, kintsugi represents a compassionate aesthetic philosophy in which damage and wear are embraced as part of an object’s history.
“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 Gibbard and McGerr. “Philosophically, spiritually, emotionally, it seems perfect for this group of songs.”
For nearly two decades, Death Cab for Cutie has been hailed as one of contemporary music’s most compelling and creative collectives. Born in Bellingham, Washington in 1997, the band 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.” 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.
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NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2015
10 Meza, AZ FestivALTAZ @ Quail Run Park
23 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland – SOLD OUT
24 Tulsa, OK Brady Theatre (KMYZ Birthday Party)
27 Atlanta, GA The Fox Theatre
29 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium – SOLD OUT
30 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre – SOLD OUT
1 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
2 Minneapolis, MN Carlson Family Stage at Northrop
4 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
5 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
7 Toronto, ON Sony Centre For the Performing Arts
8 Montreal, QC Metropolis
9 Portland, ME State Theatre
10 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
12 Louisville, KY Iroquois Amphitheater
13 St Louis, MO The Pageant – SOLD OUT
8 Portland, OR McMenamins Edgefield
9 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheatre
11 Berkeley, CA The Greek Theatre Berkeley
12 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
15 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
11 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
12 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
13 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
3 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre – SOLD OUT
4 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre – SOLD OUT
5 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre