By: Spacelab Research Staff Death Cab For Cutie may be on hiatus for a while, but guitarist Chris Walla isn't slowing down. He's working on a number of projects at his Alberta Court Studio in Portland, Oregon, including a solo album titled It's Unsustainable. The album is tentatively slated for relase this Fall on Barsuk Records.
There's no talk of a Death Cab breakup yet, so far the solo project seems like it's just another project to keep things interesting and diverse for Chris. He's putting together a a band to take on tour, but he has yet to comment on who's involved at this point.
Chris plays all of the instruments on the album, except for contributions by Death Cab For Cutie drummers Nathan Good and Jason McGerr.
"In production and sound, it will be very similar to a Death Cab album. Two tracks stem from the writing session that spawned Brothers on a Hotel Bed. Ben didn't really know what to do with them. I've also written some new songs recently," Chris said in a recent interview with Billboard.
Alberta Court is the new studio that Chris has built to allow him to work on his own material as well as other projects. He's run into a number of obstacles in completing the studio, forcing him to push the release date out to the Fall after initially working towards a Spring release.
In a statement on his web site, he joked about the situation, saying "(Ben) Gibbard has threatened to 'hunt me down and stab me' if I don't finish, so I suppose I don't really have much choice. He's got a wicked letter opener, that one."
He's also been working with Tegan and Sara as co-producer on their new album at Alberta Court.