Death Cab for Cutie arrives at the Santa Barbara Bowl | Culture & Leisure

Posted on June 6, 2022
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Death Cab for Cutie, an eight-time Grammy-nominated rock band, will perform at the Santa Barbara Bowl on October 19 as part of their fall tour. The support of the show will be Yo La Tengo. Tickets are on sale now at

Death Cab for Cutie returns with “Roman Candles”, the first track from their tenth studio album “Asphalt Meadows”. The indie rock veterans are now in their 25th year as a band. As with the next album in its entirety, “Roman Candles” was produced by Grammy Award-winning John Congleton.

Of the inspiration for the song, the band said, “’Roman Candles’ is about the crippling existential fear that comes with living in a nervous city on a dying planet. And the only way to be in the moment is to let it all go.

The track was born out of co-founder, vocalist and guitarist Benjamin Gibbard’s determination to create something succinct, strong and strikingly direct.

“The lyrics were cobbled together from a few different songs dealing with my overall feeling of anxiety; the feeling that the fabric that weaves a functioning society is crumbling during the pandemic,” he said.

Death Cab for Cutie’s ninth studio album “Thank You for Today”, released in 2018, saw the band enter their second decade by expanding and refining their signature sound, with highlights including lead single, “Gold Rush “, which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs chart.

The band continued their artistic legacy with a series of creative endeavors in the years that followed, including various collaborations such as the track on Chance the Rapper’s 2019 album “Do You Remember (ft. Death Cab for Cutie) and Tycho & Gibbard’s 2021 single “Only Love.”

Gibbard presented a series of “Live From Home” live streams throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, helping raise $250,000 in donations and supplies for Seattle-area relief organizations. The live streams, which featured songs from Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service and his solo material, garnered 4.5 million views, as well as media attention from The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone , Newsweek, Variety, NPR, and Stereogum, the last of which pondered, “Is Ben Gibbard going to get us through quarantine on his own?”

In December 2020, Death Cab for Cutie released “The Georgia EP”, originally offered as a 24-hour Bandcamp exclusive before Georgia’s runoff election that ultimately turned the state blue and secured Democratic control of the US Senate.

The five-song project, which features covers of iconic Georgia artists, has raised $100,000 for Fair Fight Action, the national voting rights organization founded by Stacy Abrams to promote fair elections throughout the country through voter education, electoral reform and the fight against voter suppression.

“Fair Fight is grateful for Death Cab for Cutie’s support in our fight for free and fair elections in Georgia and across the country,” Abrams said. “The Georgia EP helps tell Georgia’s story just as their contributions helped us write the next chapter.”

In February 2022, Gibbard conceived, curated and executive produced “Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono”, a tribute to the revolutionary singer, songwriter, multimedia artist and activist released to celebrate her 89th birthday.

The collection, which includes Death Cab for Cutie’s own cover of “Waiting For The Sunrise”, also includes contributions from artists such as David Byrne, Japanese Breakfast, The Flaming Lips and Sharon Van Etten.

Death Cab for Cutie was formed in Bellingham, Washington, in 1997. The band made their worldwide popular breakthrough with “Transatlanticism”, certified RIAA Gold in 2003, later named by NPR as one of the “50 Recordings most important of the decade.


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