Death Cab for Cutie will release their new album, Codes and Keys, on May 31 on Atlantic Records. It's the follow-up to their 2008 album Narrow Stairs. Codes and Keys has a symbol on the album cover that could prove to be the most searchable album symbol ever on Google. Do a quick search for # and see what you find.
There's already a preview stream above of the title track "Codes and Keys" (courtesy of Twenty-Four Bit), and it sounds like Mr. Piano might play a role on the album. Maybe Ben Gibbard and Death Cab for Cutie are getting singer-songwriter on us.
The band that has always played the role of the underdog has landed in the big time over their last two albums, leaving Death Cab in a spot of how to portray themselves. Obviously they aren't in the role of the underdog anymore.
"Of course, now we have access to better recording studios, whereas that record was literally recorded in various people’s houses. Still, the fundamentals of how we operate are very similar," said Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer when speaking to Stereogum.
"You know, this is our seventh album … and after 10 years of recording and touring, we still want to impress each other and we still really seek each other’s approval. That has never changed with us … and I think that has served us well over the years.”
They also might end up having a different sound than previous Death Cab for Cutie albums, as they've taken a broader approach to how they write Death Cab for Cutie songs, as well as the instruments their now using.
"We really experimented with piecing the songs together in different ways and using the studio differently, so this a much less guitar-centric album than we’ve ever made before.”
There's only a small Death Cab for Cutie tour planned just yet, but we'll keep you posted as dates become available.
Death Cab For Cutie: Codes and Keys Track List
01 Home Is A Fire
02 Codes And Keys
03 Some Boys
04 Doors Unlocked And Open
05 You Are A Tourist
06 Unobstructed Views
07 Monday Morning
08 Portable Television
09 Underneath The Sycamore
10 St Peter’s Cathedral
11 Stay Young, Go Dancing
Death Cab For Cutie Tour Dates
05-24 - EDMONTON, AB - SHAW CONFERENCE CENTER
05-25 - CALGARY, AB - STAMPEDE CORRAL
05-27 - BEND, OR - LES SCHWAB AMPITHEATRE
05-28 - GEORGE, WA - SASQUATCH MUSIC FESTIVAL
06-26 - MUNICH, DE - MUFFATHALLE
06-27 - BERLIN, DC - ASTRA
06-29 - HAMBURG, DE - THE DOCKS
06-30 - AMSTERDAM, NL - MELKWEG
07-01 - PADDOCK WOOD, KENT, UK - HOP FARM FESTIVAL
07-02 - MILTON KEYNES, UK - THE NATIONAL BOWL
07-04 - MANCHESTER, UK - MANCHESTER ACADEMY
07-05 - NOTTINGHAM, UK - ROCK CITY
07-07 - LONDON, UK - BRIXTON ACADEMY