Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band, formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997.
It was originally a solo project of
After the demo album
"You Can Play These Songs with Chords"
met with a
positive reception, Gibbard decided to expand the project into a complete band.
Bellingham, Washington, United States
Alternative rock, emo, indie pop, indie rock
The Postal Service
Gibbard took the band name from the song
Death Cab for Cutie
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
(off their 1967 album "Gorilla")
The song's name was in turn taken from an
invented pulp fiction crime magazine "The Uses of Literacy" by Richard Hoggart, as part
of his 1957 study of working class culture.
In a 2011 interview, Gibbard stated,
"The name was never supposed to be something that someone was going to reference 15 years on.
So yeah, I would absolutely go back and give it a more obvious name.
– lead vocals, guitars, piano, organ, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, drum machine
Nick Harmer – bass, backing vocals, guitars, organ, keyboards
Jason McGerr – drums, percussion
Chris Walla – guitars, piano, organ, keyboards, glockenspiel, percussion, backing vocals
Michael Schorr – drums, percussion
Nathan Good – drums, percussion