Death Cab for Cutie has been around for so long that the weirdness of their name no longer fazes you.
(For the record, the Seattle alt-rock act formed more than two decades ago and took its name from a song with that title from a group called Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. OK, so that’s maybe a weirder name than Death Cab for Cutie.)
Led by singer-guitarist Ben Gibbard, Death Cab for Cutie — whose best album probably is 2003’s rich and rewarding “Transatlanticism” — this year released its ninth studio album, the enjoyable “Thank You for Today.”
“I realized early on in the process that I wanted to write a record that is very much who we are,” Gibbard says in a news release. “I wanted to go more inward, and create something more personal.”
More from the release on the album:
On songs such as the kinetic “Gold Rush,” “Northern Lights” and “You Moved Away,” Gibbard ruminates on the flux going on in his hometown, and weaves a thread throughout the album about how interconnected geography is with memory, and how hard it can be to hold onto places, and to people, too.
Well, we’ve officially buried the lead. To support “Thank You for Today,” The group’s tour, already underway, will bring them to the Agora Cleveland on Dec. 4. Tickets, on sale now, are $45 for general admission (or a cool fifty bucks if you wait until the day of the show) or $89.50 for reserved seats in the renovated Agora. Get them, as well as more show info, here.
Mark Meszoros has seen Death Cab for Cutie, but he doesn’t feel the same love he once did. He doesn’t entirely know why. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros.