Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard streams debut solo album ‘Former Lives’ – listen

The frontman streams his LP on before its official release on November 12

Death Cab For Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard is streaming his debut solo album ‘Former Lives’ ahead of its release on November 12 – listen to it below.

“These songs span eight years, three relationships, living in two different places, drinking then not drinking,” he says of the album. “They’re a side story, not a new chapter.”

He added: “Every song I’ve ever written, my relationship to it has changed over the years. That’s not meant to be cagey, it’s the absolute truth. With these songs, there’s going to be a lot of time between when they were written and when people are finally going to hear them.”


He also reassured fans that he wasn’t planning on abandoning his work with Death Cab For Cutie to concentrate on a solo career. “Creatively, I’m really cleaning a slate,” he said. “I’m doubtful I’ll have another solo album for another 10 years because the health of Death Cab for Cutie has never been better. It’s exciting because for the first time in a long while, I’m starting from scratch as a songwriter – there’s no backlog of material to pilfer ideas from. It’s freeing and terrifying. But mostly freeing!”

The tracklisting for ‘Former Lives’ is as follows:

‘Shepherd’s Bush Lullaby’
‘Dream Song’
‘Teardrop Windows’
‘Bigger Than Love’
‘Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke)’
‘Duncan, Where Have You Gone?’
‘Oh, Woe’
‘A Hard One To Know’
‘Lady Adelaide’
‘Broken Yolk In Western Sky’
‘I’m Building A Fire’

Benjamin Gibbard – Former Lives by City Slang