Death Cab for Cutie Brings New Music to The Bowery Ballroom

June 2nd, 2011

Death Cab for Cutie – The Bowery Ballroom – June 1, 2011

Death Cab for Cutie isn’t new at this, and it showed in the most wonderful way last night at The Bowery Ballroom. Playing to a far smaller crowd than usual to debut songs from the band’s latest release, Codes and Keys, the quartet filled their set with songs old and new to keep everyone happy. For those with memories attached to Death Cab songs and for whom Ben Gibbard’s voice takes them back to a specific time and place, they played tunes like “The New Year,” “Soul Meets Body” and a beautiful solo rendition of “I Will Follow You into the Dark” by Gibbard.

Death Cab for Cutie’s live set still has the most youthful of energies to it and after joking about this being a record-label showcase and gosh they hope they get signed, they brought the audience forward a little with songs from previous release Narrow Stairs—including the seven-minute bass-heavy single “I Will Possess Your Heart”—interspersed among tracks from their new record, like “Some Boys,” “Codes and Keys” and “Doors Unlocked and Open.” Playing a two-hour set without ever losing that look of excitement on their faces, the band ended with “Sound of Settling” and officially made The Bowery Ballroom a college party. Turns out you are never too old to love Death Cab for Cutie. —Lauren Glucksman

Photos courtesy of Charles Steinberg