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Son Inspired Music Reviews - Death Cab For Cutie
Death Cab For Cutie
You'd think that a father would pass his musical tastes down to his son. I tried to share my love for bands like The Police & Sting, U2, Devo, The Cars or even some older bands I followed as a college kid like The Rolling Stones, The Who or maybe say The Beatles. I think I played the Beatles for him when he was too young, in that smart mouth Jr. High School age. He listened and came back to me saying, "She loves you yeah yeah yeah. She loves you yeah yeah yeah. She loves you yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah... Musical genius dad!!!" Smart ass. He's since felt a bit embarrassed by that story, which is why I've put it down here. Maybe some of my musical taste passed down to him genetically? As he became of college age, he actually tried to get me to listen to his music. Which at first, I only did to be polite. "Sure," I said. "I like the lyric 'the glove compartment is inaccurately named'..." but didn't really listen to what has become my favorite band, which is Death Cab For Cutie.
For my son inspired series, let me start with Death Cab For Cutie, but look for more as I get to bands like Guster, Kaiser Chiefs, Snow Patrol and Belle and Sebastian. Some introduced to me by my son, and others that I found that seem to fit the same genre.
Death Cab For Cutie
I finally did actually listen to the song, "Title and Registration", and found myself at first, drawn to the clever lyrics of front man Ben Gibbard. Death Cab For Cutie is a band who formed in 1997 and hail from Bellington, Washington. Ben Gibbard had been doing various solo projects before forming what was to become DCFC. I liked the line "...and there's no blame for how our love did slowly fade - and now that it's gone it's like it wasn't there at all...". Loved it. I've never fallen out of romantic love, only being in love one time; to a girl who is now my wife of 25+ years but I could feel the sadness and irony of how you could find yourself lying awake at night realizing how that love had come and gone. I listened to the rest of that album, it was early - maybe 7am or so. After listening twice to "Transatlanticism" I was like a drug addict. I knocked on his door, "I love the Death Cab!!!! Give me more Death Cab!!!!" Groggily, he complied and handed over all of the DCFC and Ben Gibbard music he had. I was in a musical pig's heaven. It was a brand new musical day, an event horizon.
It was 2005, so "Plans" had not yet come out, let alone their wildly successful, "Narrow Stairs". Still, my son had a collection of older DCFC albums and EPs as well as music from a few other groups Ben Gibbard had formed, such as Postal Service and All-Time Quaterbacks. I was surprised to find I was already familiar with the song "Such Great Heights", a clever video I liked from Postal Service. I poured over 2001's "The Photo Album", possibly my favorite Death Cab album to date.
I have to admit, Ben Gibbard's lyrics, being some of the most witty and compelling lyrics I've come across since John Lennon is what hooked me. But the varied melodies and pop sounds seal the deal. The group who includes: Benjamin Gibbard (vocals, guitar), Chris Walla (guitar, production), Nick Harmer (bass) and Jason McGerr (drums); have put together what I feel is the most awesome band of the last 20 years. They are incredible live and I highly recommend you get to one of their concerts, preferably a smaller venue where you can have a pure DCFC experience with the band. Without a doubt, my live experience with them was the most satisfying concert I've ever taken in. Luckily, I was able to share that with my son and a friend of his - who I must say was impressed that the kid has such cool parents, the kind that not only went to a DCFC concert but relished it.