Death Cab For Cutie say they knew guitarist Chris Walla’s departure was coming ‘for years’

Ben Gibbard describes their relationship as 'a complicated one'

Death Cab For Cutie have discussed the recent departure of their long-time guitarist and producer Chris Walla.

The band’s new LP, ‘Kintsugi’, is their eighth record to date and the first release since Walla’s exit. Walla played his last live show with the group in September 2014, having been part of the band for 15 years. ‘Kintsugi’, out next week (March 30), features some of his last work completed before his departure.

“I think that, knowing this was something that was coming – for years, honestly – there’s a particular kind of relief that comes when you know that the outcome that you’ve expected on the horizon is finally here, and you can finally move on with your life,” frontman Ben Gibbard recently told DIY. “I’m certainly not overflowing with joy that Chris left the band,” he added, “but at the same time, just having – finally after all these years – the catharsis of somebody who’s had – in some ways – one foot out the door for years, finally leave the band, it comes with a particular sense of relief.”


“I mean, honestly, I found it very bittersweet,” Gibbard continued. “But also, frankly very liberating. I think that when you’re making a record with a band and you’ve been doing it as long as we have, sometimes you do have to tiptoe around people and make sure you don’t hurt their feelings if you tell them that something’s not working. You know that you’re gonna be living with this person for the next year and a half, playing these songs.

“Particularly Chris and I’s relationship has been a complicated one over the years and I think that sometimes neither of us have said the thing we needed to say at the time because we were fearful of setting one another off.”

Listen to ‘Kintsugi’ now.

The tracklisting is as follows:

‘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’


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