Death Cab for Cutie Tour Blog: Part 2


We always suspected Death Cab for Cutie had a nocturnal side -- songs like "I Will Follow You Into the Dark", "No Sunlight," and entire ode to a beat-down, cold-ass Coney Island -- suggest the band spends more time indoors than out. (Oh yeah: and "We Laugh Indoors.") But this? This is bad.

Read Death Cab's second blog dispatch from London, where bassist Nick Harmer contends with a nasty bout of jet lag, and get caught up with their first entry here.

Monday, May 5th, 2008


Today has been an extremely rough day thanks to my good friend, jet lag. Last night I thought I was going to be in great shape as I managed to keep myself awake until midnight, and then I thought for sure seven or eight hours of deep sleep would be mine. Imagine how excited I was when I woke up WIDE awake at 4:30a.m. Sweet. I get to see the sun rise over London.

I tried in vain to fall back asleep but instead I just ended up lying in the dark staring at the ceiling getting angry at myself for not being able to fall back asleep. My mind knew I was going to need more than four hours of sleep to get through today, but my body wasn't having it. Since there no place to go or nothing to do I caught up on some episodes of Battlestar Galactica season 3 to kill the time and waited until everyone else was ready to roll to breakfast.

We began the day by recording a BBC session at a studio whose name I either cannot remember or never actually heard in the first place. All I can tell you is that it was in a basement, not very large, and we had some technical issues. We managed to track five songs while we were there, and we are all hoping that some number of them turn out cool enough to be broadcast on the BBC. I'm sure everything will sound fine. It's just through my fog of sleepiness I really had a hard time focusing on anything other than staying awake. It's days like today that I wish there was some kind of intravenous coffee drip contraption that I could hook up and wheel around with me.

After our recording session, it was off to the Electric Ballroom and our rehearsal. Thankfully, the bulk of the day was spent in Camden Town making loud noise, walking around the crowded streets and getting punchy together. Our rehearsal was something else, and I'm glad there isn't a recording of it, but we laughed and laughed and had a great time losing our minds.

Afterwards Ben and I were shuttled off to do a BBC interview with Colin Murray, a fantastic Irish fellow with his own radio show, who had the perfect amount of energy and enthusiasm to get us focused and at least answering questions in complete sentences. A perfect end to an otherwise long and scattered day.

On the way back to the hotel, I came across the sign above. The best part is that it was pointing at a house in a neighborhood. I think I'll go in and amputate my brain. I desperately hope I can get some sleep tonight, otherwise, the show tomorrow will be anyone's guess.

Good night. More to Follow...

-- Nick Harmer

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