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Death Cab Tap Shepard Fairey for New Video

Watch the band's collaboration with the famed illustrator for "Home Is a Fire" clip.

Kevin O'Donnell // May 10, 2011

For their first video for forthcoming album Codes and Keys, Death Cab for Cutie hatched a plan to shoot the clip “You Are a Tourist” live and in one take. They aren’t attempting anything as insanely ambitious for new video “Home Is a Fire,” but that’s not to say it isn’t worth your time: the band have teamed up with famed illustrator Shepard Fairey for the clip, co-directed by bassist Nick Harmer. Watch it here (via BoingBoing).

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Fairey, who’s famous for designing the Obama Hope poster during his presidential campaign, made his name by slapping his Andre the Giant stickers across public spaces, which helped popularize (and legitimize) street art in the ’90s.

He employs a similar tactic for Death Cab’s video, emblazoning various concrete city walls with singer Ben Gibbard’s lyrics. The resulting video manages to turn the ugliest of city spaces into eye-popping pieces of art. “We wanted the viewer to experience the urban environment in a very real and intimate way that celebrates that one person’s war is another’s beauty mark,” Fairey told BoingBoing.

Watch Death Cab for Cutie, “Home Is a Fire”