Death Cab For Cutie have described their new album as “sounding like Death Cab For Cutie, in the best way” and are adamant that it will “win back” fans lost with the release of 2011’s ‘Codes And Keys’.
The indie band recently confirmed that they’ll release their eighth album during 2015, with the upcoming effort produced by Rich Costey (Frank Turner, Muse).
Speaking to Stereogum, frontman Ben Gibbard called working with Costey “incredible” and “a valuable resource”.
“Rich isn’t the kind of person who might hear your demo and then come back to you saying things like, ‘I’m imagining a wall of strings here and a drum machine and we’ll get Janelle Monáe to sing backup!’ No, he was not like that,” Gibbard tells Stereogum. “He wasn’t trying to make us sound like Muse. He was trying to help us sound like Death Cab For Cutie, in the best way.”
Gibbard added: “I do think from start to finish it’s a much better record than ‘Codes And Keys’. If that record turned anybody off, I feel pretty strongly that this one could win them back. There are threads in this one that connect back to our earliest stuff that people love.”
The record marks the band’s last LP with guitarist and producer Chris Walla, who played his last live show in September and leaves the group after fifteen years. Walla previously produced all of Death Cab’s seven studio albums.
In confirming his departure online, Walla wrote: “I think I long for the unknown. It might be that simple. I will miss being a quarter of this band, and will support whatever course Death Cab for Cutie chooses from here. I am profoundly grateful to Ben, Nick, and Jason, for the experiences that define my adult life. Truly grateful, beyond words. Thank you. I am also grateful to, and deeply humbled by, all of our fans. Without you, music would be mere ‘content’, and nothing could possibly be sadder than that. Thank you all, so dearly. We’ve just finished our eighth album, which is our first with an outside producer. That producer is a fellow named Rich Costey, and working with him in this capacity is one of the greatest joys of my professional life. Thank you, as well. There are so many others to whom I am grateful—our crew, our management, our families, the Atlantic, Barsuk and Elsinor labels, the Billions team. Thank you all.”
He continued: “Deciding to leave the band was not, and is not, easy. It’s really, really sad. I love my bandmates, and I’m proud of what we’ve done, and mercifully, those things don’t change with my departure. Moving forward, my plans are simply to continue making music, producing records, and erring on the side of benevolence and beauty whenever possible. Darkness may find me, but I shall never choose it.”
As well as Death Cab For Cutie albums, Walla has also produced a number of records by Tegan & Sara, The Postal Service and The Decemberists.
Meanwhile, it was recently confirmed that Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard will appear on the new Foo Fighters album, ‘Sonic Highways’.