Death Cab for Cutie is an independent American rock band from Bellingham, Washington. Formed in 1997>, the band takes its name from a satirical song of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, in their album Gorilla. The song in question was also played in the Beatles movie, Magical Mystery Tour, during a striptease.
Death Cab For Cutie was initially a solo project of Ben Gibbard while he was guitarist for the band Pinwheel. As a Death Cab for Cutie, he first recorded a tape entitled You Can Play These Songs with Chords (literally You Can Play These Songs With Chords), Surprisingly Appreciated>. It is at this moment that Gibbard decides to truly found a complete group. He recruited Christopher Walla, who also recorded Songs With Chords as guitarist, Nicholas Harmer for bass and drummer Nathan Good as. The training first came out of Something About Airplanes in the summer of 1998.
In 2000 follows We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes. Nathan Good leaves the band while recording We Have Facts. His contribution to The Employment Pages and Company Calls Epilogue is preserved, but that Gibbard played drums for the rest of the album. We hear for the first time the new drummer Michael Schorr on The Forbidden Love EP, dating from autumn 2000. The next, the following year, is entitled The Photo Album. The limited edition of the album contains three bonus coins, which are then grouped on The Stability EP
In 2003, another change of drummer is necessary. Jason McGerr of Eureka Farm replaces Schorr. You hear it on the next album, Transatlanticism released in October 2003. The album received favorable reviews elsewhere and becomes the best album sales side: 225,000 copies sold in its first year. In addition, pieces of the album are played in the soundtracks of Newport Beach, Six Feet Under, Serial Weddings, Mean Creek, The Experts: Miami, How I Met Your Mother and in Californication. For his part, Ben Gibbard embarks on the electronic project The Postal Service with the release of the first album: Give Up.