Posted in music | pictures on June 5, 2011

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Death Cab for Cutie

"We're Death Cab for Cutie from Seattle, Washington," he had announced after a quick opener of three of their classics: "Bend to Squares," "The New Year" and "Why'd You Want to Live Here." "Thanks for coming out to this label showcase. We're trying to get a record deal tonight." Gibbard was clearly making a joke, but it also seemed like he's actually nostalgic for the days before his band was signed to a major label and selling out small shows like this one in a matter of minutes. It's hard not to be slightly cynical about this pose - the indie rocker professing to be horribly conflicted by his commercial success - but it was also a reminder about how much Gibbard's life actually has changed since he started Death Cab in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. [Rolling Stone]
Death Cab For Cutie returned to Bowery Ballroom (the first place I ever saw them play a bunch of years ago) on Wednesday (6/1) with The Lonely Forest as part of their 'Underplay' tour. They played a 26 song set (encore included) which consisted mainly of older material and about half of the recently released Codes and Keys. The full setlist is below.

If you weren't able to get into the too-small venue, you can catch Death Cab with Frightened Rabbit at the much larger Williamsburg Waterfront on August 2, part of a larger tour for the two bands. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still available.

Check out more pictures and the full setlist from the Bowery show, below...

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The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Setlist
Bend to Squares
The New Year
Why You'd Want to Live Here
Crooked Teeth
Photobooth
Some Boys
Codes and Keys
Company Calls
Long Division
Grapevine Fires
I Will Possess Your Heart
I Will Follow You into the Dark
Title Track
You Are a Tourist
Underneath The Sycamore
Meet Me on the Equinox
405
Doors Unlocked and Open
Title and Registration
Soul Meets Body
Cath...
The Sound of Settling

Encore:
Stay Young, Go Dancing
Styrofoam Plates
A Movie Script Ending
Transatlanticism
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Comments (20)

solid setlist, hope they play something similar at the waterfront

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 2:22 PM

Hope these guys were able to get over their "not a good live show" hump.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 2:23 PM

Obligatory comment about how the lead singer of Lonely Forest always has his mouth open/tongue stuck out.

Posted by anon | June 5, 2011 2:26 PM

I don't know why Death Cab always avoids their "poppy" material. Plans is a great album. Do they not play as many songs from it because they think fans would rather hear their droney/boring "old school" songs?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 2:34 PM

"I don't know why Death Cab always avoids their "poppy" material. Plans is a great album. Do they not play as many songs from it because they think fans would rather hear their droney/boring "old school" songs?"

um yes, i would like to here their old stuff

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 3:30 PM

lead singer of LF did that open mouth/tongue thing in Chicago and it was very frightening. I didn't realize its something he does at every show

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 3:50 PM

It's been 4 days since the show and i still can't get over the fact that they opened with Bend to Squares.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 6:21 PM

no!

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 6:51 PM

did they play that song from the OC?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 6:54 PM

deathcab for garbanzo

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 6:57 PM

I saw them a couple years ago in Chicago and I STILL can't get over them opening with "Bend to Squares." Lord knows I have tried!

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 7:18 PM

i just dont see the appeal. maybe the earlier stuff was better, but every song i've heard just makes me seriously cringe.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 9:23 PM

Hey that's Jeff Deane in the first photo!

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 10:00 PM

Nothing good has come from Seattle since the Sonics won the NBA championship

grunge was horrible.

this band is worse

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 10:04 PM

CRINGE

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 10:30 PM

Wish I was there!

Posted by manicmark | June 5, 2011 11:28 PM

Early DC stuff is pretty good if you like The Sins, I guess - but the new stuff is just pop bullshit with nothing interesting going on whatsoever. Poorly-feigned emotions, boring arrangements, cheest electronics. They just suck now.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 12:16 AM

I saw them a couple years ago in Chicago and I STILL can't get over them opening with "Bend to Squares." Lord knows I have tried!

Posted by cheniere | June 6, 2011 1:41 AM

This post would have been way better if you photoshopped dicks on all of those Lonely Forest pics

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2011 10:52 AM

I like turtles.

Posted by jonathan | June 6, 2011 12:54 PM

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