Death Cab for Cutie has officially announced the release of their upcoming EP – “The Blue EP” – which will arrive everywhere Friday, September 6th. The announcement comes accompanied by the release of the first track off the project, “Kids in ‘99” – available today (). “The Blue EP” is available for pre-order now at all DSP’s, streaming services, and the band’s online store ( ).
“Kids in ‘99” was written in tribute to three children who lost their lives in the 1999 Bellingham Olympic Pipeline explosion in Seattle, Washington. Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard reflects on the inspiration behind this track: “The Olympic Pipeline explosion in 1999 was a tragedy that really affected me while we were living in Bellingham. After all these years I felt it was worthy of its own folk song.”
Along with all new tracks “Kids in ‘99” and “Blue Bloods” – produced by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Kurt Vile) – the EP also includes “To The Ground” and “Before The Bombs,” produced by Rich Costey during the recording sessions for the band’s critically acclaimed ninth studio album,and held for this planned subsequent EP. The fifth track on the project, “Man in Blue,” was self-produced by the band.
This past Friday, the band received critical acclaim for “Do You Remember,” a track from Chance the Rapper’s highly-anticipated new album (“The Big Day”) on which they are featured.highlighted the track in their “5 Best Songs of the Week,” exclaiming: “On ‘Do You Remember,’ a laid-back, nostalgic jam, rock band Death Cab for Cutie shows up to set a dreamy, throwback mood.”
The band recently wrapped the latest leg of their North American headline tour, including performances at iconic venues from New York’sForest Hills to a sold-out show at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The final leg of the tour will include stops in San Diego, Portland, and Redmond, WA as well as highly-anticipated shows at Sonoma Harvest Music Festival and LA’s Hollywood Bowl. This past weekend, Death Cab for Cutie performed at the annual Fuji Rock Festival, held at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture, Japan.
This May, Death Cab for Cutie co-curated and headlined a benefit with ODESZA at their shared alma mater – Western Washington State. Billed “Double Major,” the show was a homecoming for both bands, having formed in Bellingham when their members were students. In appreciation for the school and the city of Bellingham, net proceeds from the show were donated to WWU’s Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment. Additional info.
To The Ground
Kids in ’99
Man In Blue
Before The Bombs