Ben Gibbard announces debut solo album: Former Lives
Death Cab for Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard (full name strictly for this LP) will release his debut solo album, Former Lives, on October 16th via Barsuk. Recorded at Aaron Espinoza’s (Earlimart) studio, The Ship, the 12-track effort collects previously unreleased, reworked material and features guest appearances by Jon Wurster, Mark Spencer, and Aimee Mann.
“It wasn’t a goal and it certainly wasn’t a reaction to any sort of dissatisfaction to recording with Death Cab or anything like that,” Gibbard told Stereogum. He added: “In the past whenever I’ve put out any solo recordings it’s just been of a function of the time in which I was in. I’m a songwriter and that’s my job, and with every record that we’ve made there would always be a couple of tunes that just didn’t seem to fit in with the band.”
A tracklist and tour dates are forthcoming. In the meantime, Gibbard is out on the road with Death Cab, rounding out a handful of summer tour dates. Consult the itinerary below.
Death Cab For Cutie 2012 Tour Dates:
07/17 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
07/19 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
07/20 – Holyoke, MA @ Mountain Park
07/21 – Cooperstown, NY @ Ommegang Brewery
07/22 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
08/18 – Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic Festival
08/19 – Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic Festival
08/22 – Honolulu, HI @ The Republik