Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997.[1] The band consists of Ben Gibbard (vocals, guitar, piano), Chris Walla (guitar, production, keyboards), Nick Harmer (bass) and Jason McGerr (drums).

Gibbard's first album, You Can Play These Songs with Chords, was released as a demo, leading to a record deal with Barsuk Records.[2] It was at this time that Gibbard decided to expand the project into a complete band, and recruited band members to join. The band has released seven studio albums, five EPs, and one demo to date. The band released their seventh album, Codes and Keys, on May 31, 2011.

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The whole Death Cab phenomenon began in 1997 when singer and songwriter Ben Gibbard decided to quit being the All-Time Quarterback and focus on smaller goals. So he called up Chris Walla, and said something along the lines of "hey, want to start up a band that'll be one of the biggest in the world in the next ten years or so?" Fortunately he said yes, and they soon recorded "You Can Play These Songs With Chords". Over the next few years, they proceeded to put out better and better releases from the nice little indie pop group of "Something About Airplanes" to the "emo" fantasticness of "The Photo Album" and "Transatlanticism," the latter of which secured a record deal with Atlantic. Their major label debut, "Plans", though a slight step backwards, still recieved generally positive reviews. Keep an eye on these Washingtonians. They WILL take over the world in one form or another.

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  1. Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard Split. (November 2, 2011). Retrieved on November 13, 2011.
  2. Mitchum, Rob (November 25, 2002). You Can Play These Songs with Chords Review. Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on March 22, 2008. Retrieved on April 27, 2008.
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