Death Cab for Cutie get psychedelic on "Black Sun," the first single from their upcoming eighth LP, Kintsugi. "How could something so fair be so cruel," frontman Ben Gibbard sings over a churning bass riff and spiraling synths, "When this black sun revolved around you?" The indie-rock band premiered the track in a newly released lyric video accompanied by a new batch of North American tour dates.
The Rich Costey-produced Kintsugi, out March 31st on Atlantic Records, will be the band's first new album since the departure of founding member/producer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Walla, who left the band last year (after contributing to the recording sessions). Earlier this month, bassist Nick Harmer explained the album's emotionally resonant title to Rolling Stone.
"It's a Japanese style of art where they take fractured, broken ceramics and put them back together with very obvious, real gold," Harmer said of the name. "It's making the repair of an object a visual part of its history. That resonated with us as a philosophy, and it connected to a lot of what we were going through, both professionally and personally."
Elsewhere in the interview, Gibbard discussed the band's new creative headspace – and the challenging task of moving forward without their longtime bandmate.
"This is an opportunity for the band to become something it could only become by losing a founding member," he said. "It's our goal to make records that rank amongst the best work we've ever done. I completely respect and understand why people love Transatlanticism or We Have the Facts… or Narrow Stairs. And I would hope that as we move forward, people listen with as little prejudice as they can and try to hear the music for what it is and not what they want it to be."
Death Cab's North American tour – which features openers the Antlers and Tune-Yards – begins with an April 10th show in Mesa, Arizona. The trio (Gibbard, Harmer, drummer Jason McGerr) will be joined by new live recruits Dave Depper (Menomena, Fruit Bats) and Zac Rae (Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, Gnarls Barkley) on guitars and keyboards. The band's full run of dates, including international stops, are listed below.
Death Cab for Cutie 2015 Tour Dates
April 10 – Mesa, AZ @ Quail Run Park
April 23 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland ^
April 27 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre ^
April 29 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium ^
April 30 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre ^
May 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium ^
May 4 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
May 7 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts ^
May 8 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis Theatre ^
May 9 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre ^
May 12 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater ^
May 13 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
June 8 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
June 9 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
June 13 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
June 14 – Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest
June 15 – Stockholm, SE @ Munchenbryggeriet
June 23 – Zagreb, CH @ inMusic Festival
June 27 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Open Source Festival
July 12 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *
October 3 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
^ = w/ the Antlers
* = w/ Tune-Yards