Formed in 1997 and originating from the college town of Bellingham, Washington, USA (but since relocated to Seattle), Death Cab For Cutie has endured numerous comparisons to similarly styled alternative rock outfits such as Built To Spill and Modest Mouse, although the bands sound is equally influenced by renowned UK acts such as the Beatles, the Cure and the Kinks, while Ben Gibbard (Benjamin Gabriel Gibbard, 11 August 1976, Bremerton, Washington, USA; vocals/guitar)s lyrics usually deal with heartbreak and relationship break-ups.
Initially comprising just Gibbard, the band name was taken from a song performed in the film Magical Mystery Tour by progressive UK comic troupe the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Gibbard recorded a cassette-only album before recruiting Chris Walla (b. Christopher Walla, 2 November 1975, Bothell, Washington, USA; guitar/organ), Nicholas Harmer (b. 23 January 1975, Landstuhl, Germany; bass) and Nathan Good (b....
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