Death Cab for Cutie to Release Ninth Studio Album THANK YOU FOR TODAY August 17
Atlantic Records' Death Cab for Cutie has officially announced the release of their upcoming ninth studio album. "Thank You for Today" arrives everywhere on Friday, August 17th.
"Thank You for Today" is available for pre-order now at all DSPs and streaming services HERE. All digital pre-orders are joined by an instant grat download of the first single, "Gold Rush," available today. "Gold Rush" also comes accompanied by an official music video (watch here), directed by Alex Southam (alt-J, Mumford & Sons). The visual features Ben Gibbard performing the song amidst an increasingly crowded cityscape. Death Cab for Cutie will make their debut performance of "Gold Rush" on CBS' THE LATE SHOW WITH Stephen Colbert Thursday, June 21st; check local listings.
"Thank You for Today" was produced and mixed by Rich Costey (Fiona Apple, Franz Ferdinand, Muse), who also produced the band's last album the GRAMMY® nominated "KINTSUGI." "Thank You for Today" marks the first Death Cab for Cutie release to see long time bandmates Gibbard, Nick Harmer, and Jason McGerr joined in the studio by new members Dave Depper (Menomena, Fruit Bats, Corin Tucker, Ray Lamontagne) and Zac Rae (My Brightest Diamond, Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, Gnarls Barkley). Depper and Rae have both been part of Death Cab's touring band since 2015.
The highly anticipated new album was first teased in May with the release of a short clip to the band's social channels. Today's pre-order and single release arrive on the heels of another teaser unveiled last week, again featuring a track from the album.
Death Cab for Cutie will celebrate their new album with a much anticipated fall tour. The dates - which see the 8x GRAMMY® Award-nominated band playing intimate venues and theatres across North America - begin September 24th at Eugene, OR's Hult Center for the Performing Arts and travel through mid-October (see attached itinerary). Due to popular demand, second shows have already been added in Philadelphia and Boston. Tickets for these two dates go on sale this Friday at 10 AM EST.
One dollar from each ticket purchased through the band's website will go towards The Aurora Commons - a Seattle based non-profit organization which offers a safe space for unhoused neighbors to rest, prepare a meal, connect to resources, and collectively create a healthy and vibrant community. Support on most dates comes from Charly Bliss; Cold War Kids will support on September 27th. For complete details, please visit www.deathcabforcutie.com.
What's more, Death Cab for Cutie have also recently unveiled plans for a very special free concert in their beloved Seattle commemorating the 90thanniversary of the city's iconic venue, The Paramount. Hosted by comedian Hari Kondabolu, "The Paramount 90th Anniversary Celebration: The People's Theatre" is set for Saturday, June 23rd - complete details can be found HERE.
Meanwhile, Death Cab for Cutie are currently poised to embark on a limited series of sold-out international summer live dates, including headline shows in Amstelveen, NL and London - the latter set for June 18th as part of Robert Smith's Meltdown at the Southbank Centre - as well as our own Salt Lake City, UT's Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre (August 2nd) and Boise, ID's Summerfield at Memorial Stadium (August 3rd). In addition, the band will be among the headliners at a number of upcoming festivals: Travelers Rest, curated by The Decemberists at Missoula, MT's Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheatre on August 4th and 5th, San Diego, CA's X-Fest 2018 (August 11th), Long Beach, CA's ALT 98.7 Summer Camp (August 12th), Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival in Las Vegas (September 21-23), Santiago, Chile's Fauna Primavera (November 10th), Buenos Aires, Argentina's Personal Fest 2018 (November 11th), and São Paulo, Brazil's Popload Festival, set for November 15th at the world famous Memorial da América Latina.
Death Cab for Cutie was born in 1997 when Western Washington University engineering student and budding guitarist-songwriter Benjamin Gibbard first united with guitarist-keyboardist-producer Chris Walla and bassist Nick Harmer to record a demo cassette dubbed "YOU CAN PLAY THESE SONGS WITH CHORDS." Though Gibbard had initially conceived the tape as a solo project, the eight-song cassette proved both popular and aesthetically successful, prompting him to reconfigure Death Cab for Cutie as a full band. Death Cab for Cutie made their official live debut on November 22nd that same year, a performance recently uncovered and released as "FIRST SHOW, ACOUSTIC AT THE PACER HOUSE, BELLINGHAM WA. 11?/?22?/?97," available now exclusively via Bandcamp; downloads begin at $4 with all of the band's proceeds benefitting Seattle's The Aurora Commons.
Immediately hailed as one of indie rock's most compelling and creative collectives, Death Cab for Cutie's milestone debut album, "SOMETHING ABOUT AIRPLANES," arrived in 1998 via the Seattle-based independent label, Barsuk. The band enjoyed a long relationship with Barsuk before making their Atlantic Records debut with 2005's fifth studio release, "PLANS." The album proved the band's popular breakthrough, earning RIAA platinum certification as well as spawning the chart-topping singles, "Soul Meets Body" and "I Will Follow You Into The Dark." The latter track was honored with a GRAMMY® nomination as "Best Pop Performance By Duo Or Group With Vocals," with "PLANS" receiving the nod as "Best Alternative Album." "DIRECTIONS," the 2006 DVD companion to "PLANS," earned an additional GRAMMY® nod as "Best Longform Music Video."
Now fully affirmed as an era-defining band, Death Cab for Cutie made a stunning #1 debut atop the SoundScan/Billboard 200 with 2008's RIAA gold certified "NARROW STAIRS." More critical acclaim and two further GRAMMY® nominations followed, including nods for "Best Alternative Album" and "Best Rock Song" (honoring the hit single, "I Will Possess Your Heart"). "THE OPEN DOOR" EP was released in 2009, earning DCFC a third consecutive GRAMMY® Award nomination for "Best Alternative Album." "CODES AND KEYS" arrived in 2011 and made a top 3 entry on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 before receiving the band's fourth straight GRAMMY® nomination for "Best Alternative Music Album." "You Are A Tourist," the album's first single, also proved a multi-format radio smash, reaching #1 at both Triple A and Modern Rock outlets nationwide - Death Cab for Cutie's first-ever #1 at the latter format.
Death Cab for Cutie's eighth studio album, "KINTSUGI" made a remarkable chart debut upon its March 2015 release, debuting at #1 on Billboard's "Top Alternative Albums" and "Top Rock Albums" charts, as well as #8 on the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200. Hailed by Magnet as perhaps "the best record of (Death Cab for Cuties's) 17-year career," the album was honored with a "Best Rock Album" nomination for the 58th Annual GRAMMY® Awards - the iconic band's eighth overall nod.