Death Cab for Cutie lead singer Benjamin Gibbard has released his first solo album, Former Lives, and is performing at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre this week courtesy of KCRW. Gibbard’s recognizable voice and “nice guy” personality are front and foremost in the video (below) that features the cut “Teardrop Windows” on the new album. Gibbard loves to tell a story in his songs: another cut on the album, “Bigger Than Love”, was inspired by the written letters between F Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Zayre.
One may ask, what is the future of Death Cab for Cutie if Gibbard is releasing a solo album? He shared his thoughts with NPR’s All Things Considered in October:“I think that the first question somebody gets when they’re putting out a solo record, especially when it’s their first solo record away from a band that’s been around as long as we have, is whether or not the band is going to exist after this record. There’s no doubt in any of our minds that we have a lot of things to say and a lot more music to create together. I started this band with Chris Walla 15 years ago, and I’m the singer and songwriter of the band. There’s really nothing that I feel like I’m not being fulfilled by in the band, and I’d like to think the other guys feel the same way.” KCRW Presents Benjamin Gibbard Wed. November 14, 2012 – – 7 pm Wilshire Ebell Theatre 4401 West 8th Street Tickets are $ 47.90 via Ticketmaster