Death Cab for Cutie in Awe of the Foo Fighters and Other Things You Didn't Know About DCFC
I haven't seen the Seattle band since 2004 at Coachella (no, wait, I caught them at the Greek in 2005 as well, I think), and a slew of things have happened to them since: Singer Ben Gibbard married actress Zooey Deschanel, they signed to a major label after going the indie route for years, and well, they've gotten pretty hot. And by hot I mean really good looking, and polished, with well-cut clothes and expensive looking shoes and nicely-styled hair.
Before trolls get on my case for being superficial and focusing Death Cab's appearance last night, let me just say that I am in no way ragging on them for looking great, I think that's wonderful and even more swoon-worthy. But I was a little sad that the Death Cab I knew and loved--unkempt, kinda pudgy, and earnestly nerdy--was gone.
The reason my friends and championed them so much during their The Photo Album/ Transatlaticism years was because they seemed just like us. They had no affectations, they looked like they'd be great to kick it with over beers and Scrabble, and Gibbard sang of heartbreak, disappointment and longing that regular people looked like. I mean, does the spouse of a movie star feel left behind and forgotten like I feel left behind and forgotten? I doubt it.
|Chris Walla's guitar picks are personalized. Here is the front (for Codes and Keys!)|
Watching this new, improved version of Death Cab in such an intimate setting--it seemed like there were only 150 people onstage, and we were in the front row--felt like watching a whole new band again, especially since we were only a foot or two away from them.
It was a short, 10-song set, segmented by a Q&A with Anne Litt, but there was an easy seamlessness to the way the night was conducted that it seemed much shorter than it was. Perhaps the most interesting tidbit from the night was DCFC's professed love for the Foo Fighters: Chris Walla and Ben Gibbard talked about opening for Dave Grohl & co., in front of 65,000 people, and how much the Foo Fighters inspired them to just go out and own their shows. Indie bands sometimes don't go all out in their performances, Gibbard said, sometimes just shrugging them off. "Sometimes [indie bands] don't own it, they just rent it," Walla quipped. After the Foo Fighters, that was something DCFC didn't want to do anymore, they said.
(Speaking of which, the Foo Fighters played at the Forum last night. Here are our photos!)
|The back of Chris Walla's personalized Codes and Keys guitar pick|
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St Peter's Cathedral
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Home is a Fire
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