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LIVE: DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – April 29, 2015 (Nashville, TN)


Venue: Ryman Auditorium

City: Nashville, TN

Date: April 29, 2015

Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett


As a background, I have been a fan of Death Cab for Cutie since the late 1990’s.  Their soft melodies and poignant lyrics have created a niche with a devoted fan base. The new release, Kintsugi, their 8th studio album, breaks from this mold with a darker, and perhaps a bitter feel. The songs are a bit more edgy and contain more guitar riffs than previous efforts. I took the trip to see them at the sold out Ryman Auditorium that is consistently voted one of the best venues in the US.  Before the show, long lines for merchandize indicated the fan’s devotion. Everyone was on their feet as DCFC opened with “No Room in Frame.” Lead Ben Gibbard was all business, with quick transition from one song to the next.  They had a much more aggressive tone that reflected the attitude of their latest release.  They played several from Kintsugi, as well as a nice variety of their older work. Two additional touring musicians (Dave Depper and Zac Rae) supported the trio of Ben Gibbard (vocals, guitar), Jason McGerr (drums), and Nick Harmer (bass).  After 18 songs, they walked off stage as the crowd continued to cheer. Ben returned and played an acoustic solo “I Will Follow You into the Dark.” The crowd sang in unison. The band returned for three more songs, ending with “Transatlanticism.” This was a very long set by the band and their effort was appreciated by all. It was certainly worth the 2:45 hour drive to see one of my all-time favs.


Setlist: No Room in Frame – Crooked Teeth – Photobooth – Doors Unlocked and Open – The Ghosts of Beverly Drive – Title and Registration – Black Sun – Little Wanderer – Little Bribes – President of What? – You’ve Haunted Me All My Life – What Sarah Said – Everything’s a Ceiling – You Are a Tourist – The New Year – Cath… – Soul Meets Body – I Will Possess Your Heart – I Will Follow You into the Dark – El Dorado – A Movie Script Ending – Transatlanticism





Category: Live Reviews

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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