Prior to performing “You Are a Tourist” as part of VH1’s Storytellers series, Ben Gibbard described the new Death Cab For Cutie track as a “series of affirmations in an otherwise kind of dark and cruel world”. This coming from a guy married to one of the hottest actresses in the business and who has hordes of adoring fans. When the four-piece stopped by Conan on June 8th to play the track off May’s Codes and Keys, the performance affirmed that while Gibbard may be the principal lyricist and frontman, members Nicholas Harmer and Chris Walla (who also served as album producer) are equally talented multi-instrumentalists. The looped vocals, guitar riffs, and Harmer’s bass transform a simple song into one that carries a heavy message through repeat listens – helping listeners light a path with the “burning in your heart”.
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