Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band, formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. The band comprises Ben Gibbard (vocals, guitar, piano), Nick Harmer (bass) and Jason McGerr (drums). In 2014, founding guitarist and producer Chris Walla announced that he would be departing from the band after recording their eighth studio album, Kintsugi.
Death Cab for Cutie’s music has been labeled as indie rock, indie pop, and alternative rock. It is noted for its use of unconventional instrumentation, as well as Gibbard’s distinctive voice and unique lyrical style. Since their formation, the band has released eight full-length studio albums, four EPs, two live EPs, one live album, and one demo album.
On January 16, 2015, the band announced their first 2015 show at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle set for later that week, with new touring members Dave Depper (guitar/keyboards) and Zac Rae (keyboards/guitar) replacing Walla in the live band. At the show the band debuted several new songs from Kintsugi including first single “Black Sun”, which was later released on January 26. Also, the song: What Sarah Said, which was written about Michael Schorr ‘s niece, Sarah Ward Nightingale. Kintsugi was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.