Live Review – Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab For Cutie
Metropolis Nightclub, Fremantle

Tuesday 18 July 2006
Review By Drue Vickery

It had been a long time since I had been so excited about a gig (probably since Mars Volta at BDO) and all my expectations were fulfilled. Very rarely does a band play pretty much every tune you want to hear, but Death Cab did this.

Death Cab For Cutie began with “Marching Bands of Manhattan”, to rapturous applause. Early highlights were “Soul Meets Body” which drew a massive sing-a-long from the crowd, and the haunting “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”, possibly one of the most poetic songs of recent years.

Some older tunes to make the set included “Why You’d Want To Live Here” and a few from We Have The Facts And We’re Voting Yes, but the crowd favourites were definitely the tracks from Transatlanticism. My favourites from this album were “The New Year”, which was just plain awesome, “We Looked Like Giants”, which had some phenomenal synchronised drumming, and my highlight for the night, “Title And Registration”. As soon as I saw Ben (Gibbard) pick up the drumsticks I just knew that this was going to be the song, and the opening got everyone jumping before a big sing-a-long.

At one point during one of the keys based songs, Ben calls for a clap-a-long and promises “This will be the only crowd participation part of the night”. Well sorry Ben, for proving you wrong, but I can’t help singing to your songs, they’re just too good. One thing I noticed about Death Cab is how tight they are. Before last night I underestimated the importance of Chris (Walla), Nick (Harmer) and Jason (McGerr). I knew Chris, as the producer, was real important to the records, but onstage he is energetic, passionate and more than competent, as are Jason and Nick.

As far as I know, Brisbane tickets are still available, so if you read this before that show and you can still get hold of tickets, make sure you do it because everyone will be telling you how good it was if you weren’t there.

Come back soon Death Cab. I’ll be waiting. (P.S. Nick, I hope you don’t already have that Chewy figurine).

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