DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE FACTS:
Members: Ben Gibbard, Chris Walla, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr
Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie Pop
Hometown: Bellingham, Washington
Albums: Something About Airplanes (1998); We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes (2000); The Photo Album (2001); Transatlanticism (2003); Plans (2005); Narrow Stairs (2008); Codes and Keys (2011)
Awards: 6 Grammy Nominations
Hits: "Soul Meets Body," "I Will Follow You into the Dark," "You Are a Tourist"
Other: Ben Gibbard also fronts the band The Postal Service.
Few bands have been as important to the indie music scene as Death Cab for Cutie. What began as a solo project by lead singer Ben Gibbard, has morphed into a string of popular albums and legions of adoring fans. With a sound unlike many other bands, thanks in large part to Gibbard's unique voice and contemplative lyrics, Death Cab will likely be around for years to come.
After trying his hand as a solo performer, Gibbard enlisted the help of fellow musicians Chris Walla (guitar) and Nick Harmer (bass) to help round out the sound of the band. In 1998, the newly formed group released its first album, Something About Airplanes. Though it was widely praised in independent circles, it would be several years before Death Cab got its big break.
The break came in 2003, when the band released its fourth album, Transatlanticism. The record is widely regarded as one of the best of the decade, and includes a number of popular hits that still resonate with fans today. Among the most popular tracks from the album are "Title and Registration," "The New Year" and "The Sound of Settling."
While Transatlanticism helped make Death Cab a more well-known presence within the music industry, they still managed to stay relatively under the radar. Still, that didn't mean that their follow-up albums were any less impressive. 2005's Plans was a hit with both fans and critics and included several well-known songs including the melancholy "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" and "Soul Meets Body," which cracked the top five on modern rock charts.
Death Cab did not relent with the next album either, 2008's Narrow Stairs. Much like its two predecessors, the record saw a positive response from most interested parties and reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 charts upon its release. Among the most popular songs on the album were the eight minute epic "I Will Posses Your Heart" and the melodic "Cath..."
After a three-year absences, due largely to Death Cab's extensive touring, the band pleased fans in 2011 with the release of Codes and Keys, which is best known for the first single "You Are a Tourist" and debuted at the number three spot on the Billboard charts.
With a well-cultivated image and a loyal fan base, there's no telling how far Death Cab can take their unique sound.
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