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And I think it relates to the album’s title, because the songs represent such a breadth of my life, you know? They didn’t fit on Death Cab records, but I spent a lot of time with them over the years. Do you ever get used to strangers speculating on your life? To me, that’s the saddest part of the arc of his career.And the hope is that when people put this record on, they’re thinking less about me and my life and more about themselves and how the songs fit into their lives. At that point, he was woefully alcoholic and just really a mess.Don’t get me wrong — it’s not as if I don’t care now.But these were situations I felt were so important, I had to write about them.Incident took place at gig in South Carolina last week Death Cab For Cutie member Nick Harmer has explained why frontman Ben Gibbard recently walked off the stage mid-set at one of the band’s gigs last week.The US band were playing a gig with Chvrches at the Volvo Car Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina last Wednesday (June 15) when he appeared to depart the stage during a performance of ‘Soul Meets Body’.Dance-rock groover "Good Help (Is So Hard to Find)" is a pointed celebrity critique that begins, "You'll never have to hear the word 'no'/If you keep all your friends on the payroll."Death Cab For Cutie Announces New Album, Moves on Without Chris Walla"The person I'm singing to is an amalgamation of people I came across living in Los Angeles," says Gibbard, who returned to Seattle after the divorce.
By all accounts, the split was amicable, and Harmer credits Walla's replacement, Rich Costey (Muse, Interpol), with pushing the band in new directions.People see me walking through Shepherd’s Bush, like a lunatic, singing into my phone.On “Hard One to Know,” you’ve got these sad lyrics set against a super-upbeat melody.Death Cab for Cutie: The Billboard Shoot"I'm not going to change the way I've always written for fear of people correctly or incorrectly assigning a name and face to these songs," says Gibbard, sitting in Atlantic's Manhattan offices, still wearing a brace on the wrist he broke while running a 50K race in February."I've always written about my life and the lives of people around me, and how everything intersects."Listen to Death Cab for Cutie's New Song 'The Ghosts of Beverly Drive'The son of a Navy officer, Gibbard moved around a lot as a kid, but grew up primarily in Bremerton, Wash., where he fell hard for punk and indie rock.