Death Cab For Cutie share audio release of first ever show

To celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary – what a treat! 

Death Cab For Cutie’s first ever live performance has been uploaded to Bandcamp to celebrate twenty years since the gig with all proceeds going to Seattle’s Aurora Commons.

In 1997 indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie performed their first full-band gig as an acoustic house show in their hometown of Bellingham, Washington. The show was reportedly attended by 25 people and came just after frontman Ben Gibbard had completed a demo tape for You Can Play These Songs With Chords.

About the release Gibbard said:

This is a recording of the first ever Death Cab For Cutie show. It was made by our friend Trevor Adams on his dictaphone at The Pacer House in Bellingham, Washington on November 22, 1997.  Sprawled across couches and sitting cross-legged on the floor were 25 of our closest friends and fellow musicians.  Everyone played acoustic or semi-acoustic with no PA.  Trevor made and passed bowl after bowl of microwave popcorn because he was (and Iassume still is) a great host.

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 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.

I remain forever grateful to Trevor for inviting us to play in his living room 20 years ago today.  It was one of the greatest nights of my life at the time and its significance has only grown since.

In 2018 Death Cab For Cutie will be releasing their next album, their first without guitarist Chris Walla and the follow up to 2015’s Kintsugi‘. Here’s to more trips around the sun with this band.