It's hard to imagine the world of music without Death Cab For Cutie
. The indie-turned-mainstream rock band has a cultish following, which has carried the (sometimes emo) outfit through several albums, tours, award shows and appearances through the years.
They're currently gearing up to release their forthcoming album Kintsugi
March 31st and have started leaking details to fans.
About the title, bassist Nick Harmer says, [Kitsugi.] Its a Japanese style of art where they take fractured, broken ceramics and put them back together with very obvious, real gold. Its making the repair of an object a visual part of its history. That resonated with us as a philosophy, and it connected to a lot of what we were going through, both professionally and personally.
The band is currently getting used to a smaller lineup, solidifying the departure of founding member, Chris Walla, which frontman Ben Gibbard felt compelled to address.
"This is an opportunity for the band to become something it could only become by losing a founding member. Its our goal to make records that rank amongst the best work weve ever done. I completely respect and understand why people love Transatlanticism or We Have the Facts or Narrow Stairs. And I would hope that as we move forward, people listen with as little prejudice as they can and try to hear the music for what it is and not what they want it to be.
Theres been no 'There was four, now theres only three.' There will only be three of us in the photos now, and well augment the live band for the time being and if we find ourselves playing with people that we feel can contribute on records, well cross that bridge when we come to it. A lot of it has been like that, figuring it out as we go. But the one thing that united us all throughout the process was one goal: We wanted to make a really good record."