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Death Cab For Cutie

@ the SF Weekly Warfield, 11/13 & 11/14

With the recent release of their fifth album, Plans, Death Cab for Cutie finds itself in a pretty enviable position. Their first single, the darkly romantic "Soul Meets Body" is virtually omnipresent on the airwaves, Plans has received a deluge of positive press, and the band is neck deep into their tour in support of their recently released album. But, all good things must come to an end right?

Ironically, it is the acknowledgement of the transitory nature of life, love, fame(?), and the human condition that makes Plans such a powerful album. Few of Plans songs express this more poignantly and eloquently than "I Will Follow You into the Dark". Frontman Ben Gibbard romanticizes the passing of a loved one and his desire to follow close behind.

This embracing of mortality and ephemerality marks a bit of a departure from Death Cab For Cutie's previous acclaimed album, Transatlanticism. As Gibbard explains it, "All of us in the band are starting to turn a corner and realize our youth is basically over. That's not a bad thing; it's just that the feeling of invincibility begins to fall by the wayside. I'm becoming an adult. And for me, that means being aware of the slow process of losing people in your life."'

Despite this departure into potentially darker themes, Death Cab still maintains the same emotive, heart on the sleeve sound that has won them legions of fans and garnered an abundance of critical praise. Perhaps the most notable fan is the character Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) of TV's "The OC". Unquestionably, Seth's glowing endorsement of the band helped Death Cab for Cutie gain visibility.

However, Death Cab For Cutie is the kind of band that can only fly below the radar for so long. This band has too much talent to not succeed. Plans marks a new phase for Death Cab. It's their first post-OC endorsement album. It's their first album with the Atlantic label. Whatever plans Death Cab has for the future, one can only hope they include continuing to craft thoughtful and well crafted music for years to come.

Death Cab for Cutie comes to San Francisco on Nov.13/14 at the SF Weekly Warfield