LIVE REVIEW: Death Cab For Cutie at UCSD
Ben Gibbard and company throw down at RIMAC Arena
Scottish indie-rockers Frightened Rabbit opened up the almost sold out Death Cab For Cutie show at RIMAC Arena on Tuesday, August 16. The band was hand-picked by Death Cab For Cutie as the opening act for this tour, and have been out on the road in support of their latest album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, released in last year on FatCat Records.
Death Cab For Cutie started their set at 9 p.m. sharp and played twenty songs before taking a short break, and ended the show with a four song encore, bringing the total performance to just under two hours. The length of the show allowed Death Cab to play songs from all but one of their seven full-length albums (their first album Something About Airplanes was the only one excluded) and several of their EPs. While DCFC are touring in support of their latest release, Codes and Keys, their set featured just as many songs from 2003’s, Transatlanticism, and almost as many from 2005’s Plans and 2008’s Narrow Stairs - which provided for a balanced evening that the crowd enjoyed. The crowd had a strong response for the radio friendly singles, “I Will Possess Your Heart” and “Soul Meets Body”, with audience also singing along to the acoustic ballad, “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”.
Death Cab ended with “The Sound of Settling” and it was probably the most interesting song of the night. While the rest of the songs were played true to the recording, lead singer Ben Gibbard laid down his guitar during the middle of the song to play a second drum set that allowed for a dual-drum jam. The four encore songs also spanned DCFC’s career with an obligatory track off of Codes and Keys, “Pictures in an Exhibition” from their cassette demo, a song of the night from the 2000 album We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes, “Company Calls”, and finally the title track from Transatlanticism, an eight minute swirling song that represented the best of Death Cab's pop and emotive abilities.