If you weren't among the hearty souls who braved a day of withering temperatures to catch Death Cab for Cutie's festival-closing gig at this year's Lollapalooza, take heart — the boys have lined up dates for a seven-week fall tour. The North American shows in support of the group's upcoming major-label debut, Plans, kick off in Vancouver, British Columbia, on October 3 with two nights at the Commodore Ballroom.
Death Cab are currently slated to wrap in Seattle on November 18 at the Paramount Theatre, but more dates will likely be added, according to a group spokesperson. Australia's sensitive punks Youth Group will open the first two and a half weeks of the tour (October 3-19), with Canadian synth rockers Stars taking over the final month of dates (October 21-November 18).
The band will do a presale for a limited amount of tickets on its Web site beginning Wednesday.
Before the start of the tour, DC will play two dates at Japan's Sonic Festival (August 13-14), a show at New York's Central Park Summerstage (August 18) and the Austin City Limits Festival in Texas (September 24).
The follow-up to 2003's Transatlanticism was produced by Death Cab guitarist Chris Walla and is preceded by the dreamy new wave pop tune "Soul Meets Body." The album, due August 30, will be composed of the songs "Marching Bands of Manhattan," "Summer Skin," "Different Names for the Same Thing," "I Will Follow You Into the Dark," "Your Heart Is an Empty Room," "Someday You Will Be Loved," "Crooked Teeth," "What Sarah Said," "Brothers on a Hotel Bed" and "Stable Song."
"The reality is that we haven't played a lot of these songs as a band, 'cause we've constructed them in the studio," singer Ben Gibbard said. In addition to the uncertainty of pulling the songs off live, the album's title also hints at the questions inherent in so much of Death Cab's music, and, it seems, their daily lives.
"Even when things are going well, I can never look at my life more than six months in advance. This time next year, we'll probably be on tour, we'll be working on a record or something like that. But when we first started as a band, I could only look so far into the future. 'If I'm really frugal, I can survive until November.' It seems arrogant to look so far into the future and know what will happen to you."
Death Cab for Cutie tour dates, according to the band's spokesperson:
- 10/3 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
- 10/4 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
- 10/5 - Walla Walla, WA @ Whitman College
- 10/7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
- 10/8 - Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
- 10/10 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue (all ages)
- 10/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue (21 and over)
- 10/12 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
- 10/14 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theatre
- 10/15 - Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
- 10/16 - Montreal, QC @ Le Spectrum
- 10/17 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
- 10/19 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
- 10/21 - Carlisle, PA @ Dickinson College
- 10/22 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's at the Strand
- 10/23 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 10/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
- 10/28 - Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium
- 10/29 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
- 10/30 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
- 11/4 - Dallas, TX @ Ridglea Theater
- 11/5 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's Barbeque
- 11/8 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
- 11/9 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
- 11/11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
- 11/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
- 11/16 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
- 11/18 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre