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DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST-EVER LIVE SHOW WITH SPECIAL RELEASE OF RARE AUDIO RECORDING

Atlantic recording group Death Cab for Cutie will mark their 20th anniversary this week with the special release of never-before-heard audio captured at their very first live performance in their hometown of Bellingham, WA. “FIRST SHOW, ACOUSTIC AT THE PACER HOUSE, BELLINGHAM WA. 11​/​22​/​97” will be available exclusively via Bandcamp starting today, Wednesday, November 22nd; downloads begin at $4 with a portion of all proceeds benefitting Seattle’s The Aurora Commons.

In a statement from Death Cab for Cutie’s frontman, Benjamin Gibbard says,

This is a recording of the first ever Death Cab For Cutie show. It was made by our friend Trevor Adams on his dictaphone at The Pacer House in Bellingham, Washington on November 22, 1997.  Sprawled across couches and sitting cross-legged on the floor were 25 of our closest friends and fellow musicians.  Everyone played acoustic or semi-acoustic with no PA.  Trevor made and passed bowl after bowl of microwave popcorn because he was (and Iassume still is) a great host.

Chris Walla and I had just finished the You Can Play These Songs With Chords cassette and we thought it would be fun to play a few shows around Bellingham to celebrate the release.  We recruited Nick Harmer to play bass and Walla’s childhood friend Nathan Good to play drums.  None of us thought we were starting a band nor did our ambitions for DCFC extend very far past this particular evening.  We simply thought it would be fun to play these songs for our friends before moving on to other things.

I remain forever grateful to Trevor for inviting us to play in his living room 20 years ago today.  It was one of the greatest nights of my life at the time and its significance has only grown since.

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