Monday, January 21st: DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
Combining sensitive songwriting, memorable melodies, and the rich, wistful vocal tone of its leader Ben Gibbard, Seattle's Death Cab for Cutie quickly rose from a low-key solo project to become one of the definitive indie bands of the 2000s and 2010s.
Then based in the bayside college town of Bellingham, Washington, Gibbard was a student at Western Washington University who split his time between school and music. Following success with his solo work, Gibbard expanded his project to a full band. Now a quartet, they made their debut with 1998’s Something About Airplanes.
The group's fourth album, 2003's Transatlanticism, broke the band into the mainstream both critically and commercially, with songs from the album featured in numerous TV series and films. The band's major-label debut for Atlantic Records, 2005's Plans, garnered more fame, bringing an SNL performance, a Grammy nomination, and a platinum certification. Their following albums continued their success, topping Alternative charts and earning more Grammy nominations.
Their ninth studio album, Thank You for Today, was released in August 2018.