photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Ben Gibbard and Death Cab for Cutie are trying something different for a 2012 tour that kicked off Tuesday in Colorado, performing with the eight members of the Magik*Magik Orchestra — six violins and two cellos.
That’s the same group that appeared with Death Cab in its “Storytellers” episode on VH1, and helped add a deeper texture to last year’s Codes and Keys. Still, Magik*Magik — which has previously worked with Mike Patton, John Vanderslice, the Walkmen and the Dodos — have become the principal storyline for a tour that [hits Beacon Theater in NYC three nights in a row this weekend].
The interesting part for concertgoers will be hearing some of the Death Cab’s back catalog, including favorites like “Soul Meets Body,” in this format. Gibbard admitted a little apprehension — OK, a lot…
“It’s a little terrifying,” Gibbard tells HeyReverb. “There are so many variables. The entire show is a series of variables, for the first time in a long time. And that’s a good thing. The first handful of shows, at least from our end, will be like walking through quicksand.” [Something Else]
You saw last night’s setlist. Check out more pictures from Friday’s show at Beacon Theater, below…
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