Death Cab for Cutie Live @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire (10/06/15)

American rockers from Seattle Death Cab for Cutie’s tour in support of their latest studio album ‘Kintsugi’ brings them to Shepherd’s Bush Empire, a venue filled earlier this year by Canadian band Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Joined by Death Cab for Cutie in a supporting role are the wonderful indie-rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks, whose roaring and raucous rock style created a wonderful experience for all those there. Death Cab for Cutie themselves proceeded to put on a highly enjoyable show, one that failed to not connect with those who’ve grown up with the band over the years.

Death Cab for Cutie’s concert saw the band playing a nice range of tracks, a few spanning back to their very earliest years on Barsuk Records. Whilst the concert and tour was in support of ‘Kintsugi’, Death Cab for Cutie offered a wonderful selection of their old songs, intertwining them nicely with their newest material to create an enjoyable set-list. The energy flowed comfortably from the band, giving excitement and joy during the upbeat and fast-paced tracks, and bitter-sweetness during the more somber moments. Even with all the fame and fortune lead-singer Benjamin Gibbard has garnered over the years, everything still felt genuine and comfortable.

As known by fans of the band, the recording of ‘Kintsugi’ marked the last time founding member Chris Walla will work with the band. The concert itself featured some of Death Cab for Cutie’s best tracks, which were all played wonderfully, but it has to be said that the lack of Chris Walla does give the music a slightly disappointing element, as we know that little extra bit he brought to everything is sadly missing. In fairness to the rest of the band, they certainly pushed themselves to compensate for the lack of Walla, making it look almost easy. It is disappointing to not see Walla with the band, but most of Death Cab for Cutie is certainly better than no Death Cab for Cutie.

The bands’ performance at Shepherd’s Bush Empire was largely successful. Many of the tracks worked wonderfully, connecting to most of the audience members on some personal level, whether through good memories or even bad ones. It just feels as though Gibbard understands largely what makes everyone human, and knows how to present this through a musical format in a way that connects with everyone. Highlights include some very old songs from Death Cab for Cutie’s back catalogue, from ‘Company Calls’ to ‘Your Bruise’ from the bands’ first album, as well as some absolutely beautiful moments through the performance of ‘What Sarah Said’, ‘Passenger Seat’ and ‘Transatlanticism’ (of which closed the set). Arguably this might not be the absolute best concert from Death Cab for Cutie ever, but it is certainly one that is memorable for all its own reasons.


1: No Room In Frame

2: Crooked Teeth

3: Photobooth

4: Black Sun

5: Doors Unlocked And Open

6: The Ghosts of Beverly Drive

7: Title & Registration

8: Codes & Keys

9: Little Wanderer

10: No Sunlight

11: Company Calls

12: You’ve Haunted Me All My Life

13: What Sarah Said

14: I Will Follow You Into The Dark

15: El Dorado

16: You Are A Tourist

17: The New Year

18: Cath…

19: Soul Meets Body

20: I Will Possess Your Heart


21: Passenger Seat

22: Your Bruise

23: Marching Band of Manhattan

24: Transatlanticism

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