As you may have noticed from the Foo Fighters’ forthcoming UK stadium dates, Death Cab for Cutie are also plotting a return for next year. But their comeback will expand beyond an opening gig for Dave Grohl and Co. — the Pacific Northwest indie rockers are close to completing their followup to 2008’s Narrow Stairs.
Speaking recently with Spin Magazine, Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard revealed that the still untitled record will feature 12-13 tracks, with the band planning to unveil the finished product next Spring. Gibbard then went on to discuss everything from record’s sound to where he is lyrically:
On the record’s sound: It’s “a testament to where we are as a band… It’s not a guitar-based record. We’ve been into vintage keyboards and playing with that palette… We’re not adding guitars because people will be expecting them… I’m so proud of this album that at this point I don’t care if people don’t like it.”
On the record’s lyrics: “There’s a level of self-loathing in [Narrow Stairs] that I’m a bit of embarrassed about now… It’s a really dark record. I didn’t want to make that record again. I didn’t want to write those songs again.”
On the impact of Zooey Deschanel: “Everything I write is reflective of my own life and the lives of those people around me… “They reflect the conversations you have and the rumblings of life around you. But when somebody gets married, people assume that they’re going to get a certain thing out of an album.”
On the contributions of bandmate Chris Walla: “There are a few songs that Chris wrote all the music for… I cut and pasted and wrote lyrics and arrangements for them. This is the first time that we’ve had multiple compositions that started with Chris’s demos and not mine, which is exciting.”
On their forthcoming tour: “I would love to find myself making a record a year from now rather than moving into our seventh straight month of tour… I’d like to capitalize on feeling inspired to writing rather than hobbling up onstage and jumping around for two hours in Dresden.”
Death Cab for Cutie plan to track the album in the next couple weeks, so expect more choice quotes from Mr. Deschanel, along with some actual specifics soon. In the meantime, be sure to read Gibbard’s full conversation with Spin here.