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. While Death Cab For Cutie was the brain child of Ben Gibbard, guitarist Chris Walla, and bass player Nick Hammer have had significant contributions to the band, including songwriting. 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. In 2014, longtime member Chris Walla announced his departure from the band. Death Cab For Cutie released their first album since 2011 titled Kintsugi in 2015, and toured for the first time without Walla as a member.
Death Cab For Cutie Kintsugi World Tour 2015
Following the departure of longtime guitarist and songwriter Chris Walla in 2014, Death Cab For Cutie entered into a new era. The band released their 8th studio album titled "Kintsugi," and embarked on their largest tour since 2011-12. The Kintsugi World Tour scheduled included events throughout 2015, with shows scheduled across North America, and Europe. The tour would continue the trend of Death Cab For Cutie performing in mid-range venue size, that offers ticket availability, while still maintaining the intimate atmosphere associated with smaller venues. Death Cab For Cutie fans across the world have flocked to the Kintsugi tour, in excitement that the band has continued to perform, despite the departure of Chris Walla.