MUSIC NEWS- Atlantic recording group Death Cab for Cutie has announced a flurry of activity around the release of their much-anticipated eighth studio album. “KINTSUGI” which arrives everywhere on March 31, 2015.
“KINTSUGI” follows their 2011 GRAMMY Award-nominated “CODES AND KEYS” and is heralded by today’s release of the album’s first single, “Black Sun.” Listen to “Black Sun” below from MNN.
An official companion video is currently in production, with a premiere date to be announced soon.
“One of the most beloved live acts of the modern era, Death Cab for Cutie will introduce “Black Sun” to the world via a live performance on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman, scheduled for this Thursday, January 29. This will be followed by a performance on CBS’ The Late Late Show on Friday, January 30 (check local listings).
Death Cab for Cutie, has also unveiled the first leg of their upcoming North American headline concert tour, slated to get underway April 23 at Kansas City’s Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland and then travel through mid-May (see itinerary below). The upcoming performances will see the core membership of singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard, bassist Nick Harmer, and drummer Jason McGerr augmented by new touring members Dave Depper (Menomena, Fruit Bats, Corin Tucker, Ray Lamontagne) and Zac Rae (My Brightest Diamond, Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, Gnarls Barkley), both of whom will contribute additional guitars and keyboards.
The band played their first show since the departure of founding member Chris Walla, last week in their hometown of Seattle at The Crocodile Café. The Seattle Weekly hailed, “The onstage chemistry between original members singer/guitarist Gibbard, bassist Nick Harmer, drummer Jason McGerr, and the new players was surprisingly heartfelt; the vibe felt as if they had been jamming together for years, and it showed in how beautifully they riffed off of each other during the set’s numerous instrumental solos”. Additional dates will be announced soon.
Recorded in Los Angeles with Rich Costey (Franz Ferdinand, Muse, Interpol) behind the board, “KINTSUGI” takes its title from the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum, highlighting cracks rather than hiding them. As such, kintsugi represents a compassionate aesthetic philosophy in which damage and wear are embraced as part of an object’s history.
“Considering what we were going through internally, and with what a lot of the lyrics are about, it had a great deal of resonance for us – the idea of figuring out how to repair breaks and make them a thing of beauty,” says bassist Nick Harmer, who suggested the name to Gibbard and McGerr. “Philosophically, spiritually, emotionally, it seems perfect for this group of songs.”
The spirit of “KINTSUGI” inspired a recent Instagram campaign in which Gibbard painted the lyrics to “Black Sun” onto a canvas before splitting the piece into 33 individual pieces. Those unique images were then sent at random to 33 unsuspecting Death Cab for Cutie fans who had previously put up their own photos inspired by the band’s lyrics (#dcfclyrics). Over the next week, recipients posted pieces of Gibbard’s fragmented canvas, culminating in today’s reveal of the reunited “Black Sun” lyric.
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE NORTH AMERICAN 2015 TOUR ITINERARY-
10 Meza, AZ FestivALTAZ
23 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
27 Atlanta, GA The Fox Theatre
29 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
30 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
2 Minneapolis, MN Northrop
4 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
7 Toronto, ON Sony Centre
8 Montreal, QC Metropolis
9 Portland, ME State Theatre
12 Louisville, KY Iroquois Amphitheater
13 St Louis, MO The Pageant
12 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
3 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
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“KINTSUGI” TRACK LISTING:
- No Room In Frame
- Black Sun
- The Ghosts of Beverly Drive
- Little Wanderer
- You’ve Haunted Me All My Life
- Hold No Guns
- Everything’s A Ceiling
- Good Help (Is So Hard To Find)
- El Dorado
- Binary Sea