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Interview: Death Cab for Cutie

Considering the current state of the music industry--an industry that has all but abandoned the idea of nourishing an artist in favor of instant gratification and prefabricated radio-friendly hooks--the big, rolling snowball that is Seattle’s Death Cab for Cutie is all the more impressive. Death Cab are remarkably well-versed in the finer points of sustained evolution, having gradually developed from a one-man act--the solo project of vocalist/guitarist Ben Gibbard--into a fully operative, democratic four-piece. Along the way, DCfC endured a perpetually revolving rhythm section (drummer Jason McGerr is the band’s third man-behind-the-kit), and survived the potentially distracting side-projects of both Gibbard (who also records as the Postal Service, alongside Dntel frontman Jimmy Tamborello) and guitarist/producer Chris Walla (who co-owns Seattle studio the Hall of Justice, and regularly mans the boards for fellow north-westerners the Thermals and the Long Winters).

SPIN Staff |November 25, 2003 - 8:00 am

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