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Death Cab For Cutie [rank: 13]

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Front man Ben Gibbard formed Death Cab for Cutie in 1997 following his work with Pinwheel and All Time Quarterback (which was his solo project). While attending Western Washington Universtiy, Giggard released a cassette tape called You Can Play These Songs with Chords, which found great local success. This achievement led Gibbard to add three more members to his band, which he deemed worthy of expansion. Death Cab for Cutie released its first album, "Something About Airplanes" in 1998.

Even though Death Cab for Cutie has seen explosive international and mainstream success and have signed to a major record label (Atlantic), they remain somewhat politically conscious. They have promoted the idea of downloading music on the internet due to their disagreement with major record label approaches, and have served as outspoken animal rights activists.

Death Cab for Cutie makes pretty, catchy and easy-to-listen-to indie pop. Gibbard's boyish voice that we also know from The Postal Service is just too pleasant to ignore. They take their music seriously, carefully producing it yet avidly against auto-tuning (Gibbard is even a member of the Anti-Auto Tune Movement). Death Cab for Cutie's sound utilizes a range of instruments, from traditional electric guitars to cellos and glockenspiels. Their music is well-rounded indie pop and is perhaps most appropriate for the more emotional moments of the day.


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Dec 7, 2006 - Paramount Theatre popup lexicon
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