Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard to release debut solo album

'Former Lives' will hit record store shelves on October 15

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Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard to set to release his debut solo album, 'Former Lives', on October 15.

The album will be put out via the City Slang label and comprises 12 songs, which were written over a period spanning eight years. The release will be supported by a short tour.

The songs were finally recorded when Gibbard moved from Seattle to Los Angeles, and were laid down at Aaron Espinoza's studio, The Ship. Death Cab For Cutie released their seventh album 'Codes & Keys' in 2011, following it up with UK shows.

The band formed in the state of Washington in 1997 and went on to release their debut album, 'Something About Airplanes', the following year. It was preceded by the demo 'You Can Play These Songs with Chords', which was written and performed entirely by Gibbard under the Death Cab For Cutie name.

Gibbard and She And Him's Zooey Deschanel filed for divorce late last year. The divorce papers listed "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for their break-up. The pair – who tied the knot in December 2009 – were married for two years.

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