April 1, 2008 21:12

Death Cab For Cutie man plays April Fools' joke?

Ben Gibbard announces 'Just Jazzin' side project

Death Cab For Cutie man plays April Fools' joke?
Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard has revealed the details of a side project so esoteric it appears he's playing an April Fools' prank.

A press release issued today (April 1) states that Gibbard is "proud to announce" a new musical project called Just Jazzin', which was "born out of an interest in exploring music free from rules and convention".

A video on the project's MySpace page features footage of Gibbard jamming solo on a vibraphone and explaining the inspiration for the project.

"There’s this side of me and my music that desires a lack of structure and Just Jazzin' does that for me because I am allowed to just play whatever note comes into my head," he said, adding that Death Cab drummer Jason McGerr has tried out for the band "like seven times" but just didn't have what it takes.

"It shouldn't work but it totally works, and that's part of the magic," Gibbard concludes.

Watch the video here now.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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