Ben Gibbard and his band Death Cab for Cutie perform a sold out show at The Crocodile in Seattle, Washington on the evening of Tuesday, January 20th. The band played lots of their hits as well as previews of brand news songs that will be on their new album Kintsugi, due out on March 31th. Eric Elbogen of Say Hi opened the evening.
Like most other twenty-somethings, Death Cab for Cutie was part of the musical soundtrack of my early adulthood. When I arrived in Washington state fresh off of the island (of Hawaii), I knew next to nothing about Seattle’s vibrant music scene. What can I say, Hawaii’s music scene was and still is largely obsessed with reggae and Hawaiian music. Grunge never really made its way out to the islands, at least not in the circles of friends I had. But thanks to my newfound college friends, I soon became entrenched in the musical worlds of Modest Mouse, The Sonics, Sleater-Kinney, and of course Death Cab for Cutie. From 2003’s Transatlanticism to 2008’s Narrow Stairs, Death Cab’s albums spanned my entire four year college career and I have many late nights of studying and pre-funk party memories, all to the tune of Ben Gibbard et al’s incredibly catchy tunes. Since then, I’ve seen the band play at a variety of venues throughout Seattle, from KeyArena to Marymoor Park, but this was the first time I’d had the privilege of seeing the band play at a smaller, more intimate venue like The Crocodile.
Check out some select images from the show below!