Death Cab for Cutie

Twenty years ago this month, Death Cab For Cutie played their first-ever live show in a friend’s living room. That friend, Trevor Adams, recorded the show on a Dictaphone, the recording of which was recently uploaded by Ben Gibbard to mark the event’s twentieth anniversary.

Describing how the show came about, Gibbard writes, “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 [Washington] 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.”

Describing the scene, he says, “Sprawled across couches and sitting cross-legged on the floor were 25 of our closest friends and fellow musicians.” In the recording you can hear the members of the audience talking between songs. Commemorating the occasion, Gibbard says, “It was one of the greatest nights of my life at the time and its significance has only grown since.”

Listen to the full show here.

Earlier this month, the band posted a teaser on their social media, indicating their ninth album would release in 2018, the follow-up to 2015’s Kintsugi.