Death Cab for Cutie haven't scheduled any downtime for the first half of 2012 — they've just tacked on an 18-date summer tour to the end of their current spring dates — but give it a few months, says guitarist Chris Walla in a recent interview with Billboard, and they may be ready to slow their roll.
"I think a break of some kind is probably in order," Walla said of will happen after July 22, when the band's new dates wrap up in Dover at Firefly Fest, where the band will be performing alongside Jack White, the Killers, and the Black Keys. "It's all malleable. We could jump right back in the studio and make another record or it could be another two or three years. We really don't know; it remains to be seen."
No one would blame the group for feeling a little worn out. Following the release of seventh studio album Codes and Keys, they've been through a lot — frontman Ben Gibbard ended his indie-dream-team marriage to Zooey Deschanel in November (not to mention fired off some incredibly depressed, not-so-cryptic tweets about it over the following few months). Plus, the band is currently still in the midst of their spring tour, which features arrangements and full accompaniment from San Francisco's Magik*Magik Orchestra. The second they leave Primavera Festival in Portugal, they head right back to Ontario and the Midwest for some blistering midwestern summer heat. Gibbard could use some downtime in the fall: another marathon, perhaps? Some work on his running playlist?
Death Cab For Cutie Summer 2012 Tour Dates
June 30 - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON @ The Commons
July 1 - Barrie, ON @ Burl's Creek
July 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion
July 4 - Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook
July 5 - Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
July 7 - Des Moines, IA @ 80/35 Music Festival
July 8 - Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Music Hall
July 9 - Springfield, MO @ Gilloz Theatre
July 10 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
July 12 - Chicago, IL @ The Taste of Chicago
July 13 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
July 14 - Charlottesville, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion
July 15 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival
July 17 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
July 19 - Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
July 20 - Holyoke, MA @ Mountain Park
July 21 - Cooperstown, NY @ Ommegang Brewery
July 22 - Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival