Death Cab for Cutie have announced a new five-track effort, The Blue EP. Serving as the follow-up to last year’s Thank You for Today LP, it’s due out September 6th and is being previewed today with “Kids in ’99”.
In a tweet announcing the release, DCFC said the songs on The Blue EP “share a similar conception but different births.” If that’s to say there’s a thematic thread, the lead single should prep you for a collection filled with melancholic nostalgia. “Kids in ’99” finds frontman Ben Gibbard reflecting on a deadly gas pipeline explosion that occurred 20 years ago in the band’s hometown of Bellingham, Washington. One 18-year-old and two 10-year-old boys were killed in the incident, and the song juxtaposes that literal loss of innocence with a figurative one.
“In the waters where we used to swim/ Where we thought we would be young forever,” sings Gibbard over glossy guitars and triple-time drums. “But beads that glisten on your sunburnt skin/ Evaporated in the flames and embers.”
One of two tracks on The Blue EP produced by Peter Katis, Death Cab for Cutie’s “Kids in ’99” can be streamed below.
Pre-orders for The Blue EP are going on now. Death Cab for Cutie also have a handful of stops left on their summer tour, including appearances at Chicago’s Lollapalooza and Sonoma Valley’s Sonoma Harvest Music Festival. Get tickets to all their upcoming gigs here.
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The Blue EP Tracklist:
01. To the Ground
02. Kids in ‘99
03. Man in Blue
04. Before the Bombs
05. Blue Bloods
For more of DCFC, check out Chance the Rapper’s new debut full-length, The Big Day; the band features alongside Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon on the track “Do You Remember”. Gibbard also recently contributed to Frightened Rabbit’s Tiny Changes – A Celebration of The Midnight Organ Fight, covering the song “Keep Yourself Warm”.
Below, revisit Gibbard’s appearance on Kyle Meredith with… from last year.