A few days after playing a killer headline set at ALT 98.7 Summer Camp 2018, indie rock legends Death Cab for Cutie announced a show at the equally legendary Hollywood Forever Cemetery lawn for Friday, September 28!
The band is celebrating the release of their ninth studio album Thank You For Today (and second without founding member Chris Walla) that drops this Friday via Atlantic Records (you can get an early listen at NPR right now). I caught them playing a KROQ Sound Space show today and they played three new songs, including single “Gold Rush” that frontman Ben Gibbard explained in an interview with Kat Corbett after the show that the song initially started out of a section from a Yoko Ono avant garde deep cut.
What people around me said they loved about “Gold Rush” is it sounded like a departure from the usual sound of the band. They’ve put out eight albums, and with all the copycats who have tried to do Death Cab (Real Estate, anyone?) and have done a shittier job of it, it’s easy to understand a fatigue.
But I fucking love Death Cab. They were the second concert I ever saw (the Greek in Berkeley, with Spoon and Mates of State opening) and though I haven’t liked their new stuff quite as much as their first five albums, they still catch my attention with at least one single and then I find a couple of songs I like more than that deeper on the album. They are one of those bands that also transforms the singles I was meh about when they play them live because they really bring it on stage.
The Hollywood Forever show takes place Friday, September 28 and tickets go on sale Friday, August 17 at 12 PM noon Pacific Time. They are priced at $59.50. Rising talent Charly Bliss opens the show. Can’t make it to that one? Head to Las Vegas to see them at Life is Beautiful 2018 a week earlier.
It’s amazing in 20 years of releasing albums this band has never played the Hollywood Forever. Don’t miss the first one next month!
Photo of DCFC at ALT 98 Summer Camp by Monique Hernandez