The rendition forms part of an album of wedding song covers, which sees classic tracks reimagined to be more inclusive of the LGBT community. Taking on the romantic Beatles number, Gibbard renames the song ‘And I Love Him’ – changing the lyrics’ pronouns throughout.
Appearing on US chat show Conan last night (April 18), the Death Cab member gave a stirring live airing of the cut.
Also contributing to the ‘Universal Love’ project are St Vincent, who takes on Crystals’ ‘And Then He Kissed Me’ (rendering it ‘And Then She Kissed Me’) and Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, who shifts the Temptations classic ‘My Girl’ into ‘My Guy’. Bob Dylan, Kesha and Valerie June also appear.
“If you look at the history of pop music, love songs have predominantly come from one heterosexual perspective,” co-producer Tom Murphy told The New York Times. “If we view music as something that brings people together, shouldn’t these popular songs be open to everyone?”
Meanwhile, Death Cab For Cutie recently joined the immense line-up for Meltdown Festival. The event has been curated by The Cure’s Robert Smith and features the likes of Deftones, The Libertines, Manic Street Preachers, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, and Placebo. Taking place at London’s Southbank Centre this June, the iconic festival will celebrate its 25th edition.