Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Death Cab For Cutie @ the ETP Festival, Friday, August 15th

Death Cab For Cutie photographed by Ryan Russell in 2008 in Seattle, Washington, USA

I discovered Death Cab For Cutie around the same time I started blogging a couple of years ago.

In fact, one of my first posts is their "I'll Follow You Into the Dark" video with a link to their "Soul Meets Body" video. I never thought I'd be getting ready to see them perform in Seoul, but they will be at Seo Taeji's 2008 ETP Festival this Friday at Jamshil Sports Complex in Seoul.

So, almost exactly two years later (give 3 or so days), I got to ask the band a question tonight. And to keep the enthusiasm going, let me post the video of their new single "I Will Possess Your Heart".

As someone who loves travel, I just adore this video. You'll see what I mean.

Due to its length (almost 9 minutes), I see it as a very retro song too 'cause it reminds me of those rock n' roll albums with the long tracks. They don't do that anymore. Well, that's not true. These guys do!

Update 1 - August 15, 2008 @5:30pm:

I had a chance to sit down and talk to Jason McGerr, the drummer, and Nick Harmer, the bassist, from Death Cab For Cutie before their set today. All of them were really nice guys. As usual, when the interview comes out, I'll post it here. I'll also be writing a piece for Look To The Stars on them, so I'll link that too. I'm embarrassed to say I've got a little crush on Chris Walla and was absolutely tongue tied for the brief amount of time I was near him or said something to him. And those who know me, know I'm a chatter box, so me being tongue tied for even a second is embarrassing yet wonderfully humanizing.

Update: here is the interview!
[Regina Walton's Expat Interviews] An exclusive with Death Cab for Cutie

Let's just change the topic. It was pouring rain during their set but I wandered out into the fray in spite of that. Here is video I shot of "I Will Possess Your Heart" live. Forgive my bad cinematography I was holding an umbrella in one hand and my camera in the other. It's the best I could manage and, yeah, my best with video is pretty crappy. However, try to enjoy it in spite of the limitations I had to deal with.

Update 3 - August 19, 2008 @ 10:47pm

I'm still adding to this post 'cause I can ;-)

I found a really good Death Cab interview by NME where Ben, the lead singer, and Nick, the bassist, go through their latest album track by track.

Update 4 - September 2, 2008 @ 10:20am

Here is the link to the MySpace Australia performance in Sydney. There are six songs.

I'm posting it here because it takes such a frustratingly LONG time to find the darn link AND the link is so complex that I want to help people find it quickly:
MySpaceTV Presents Death Cab for Cutie - Live from Sydney, Australia

Their MySpace page.
Rock Sound: Death Cab For Cutie: Top Five (their bassist Nick Harmer's top five videos of all time).
Paste Magazine: Death Cab For Cutie - The Hardest Working Band in Show Biz
Another Performance Recorded by Professionals ;): Death Cab performing "I Will Possess Your Heart" on Letterman

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  1. they are my fave band. seriously. my first song was Soul Meets Body and I discovered them through the movie Catch and Release.

    btw, i love your blog. been reading for close to a year now.

  2. Hey thanks for your comment! Glad you've been reading and enjoying it.

    I'll get to see them tomorrow. I'm really excited about that!

  3. ohmygodohmygodohmygod! you got to meet Death Cab for Cutie?!?
    ETP Fests are fun . . . I went to the one in 2003 and got to hear Tommy Lee sing a song called "Never Change" and tell Korea that Korea too should never change. He followed with a song called "Metamorphosis" about how people change.
    But in the end, Taiji is awesome, and he's proven it by inviting Death Cab^^

  4. ohmygodohmygodohmygod! Yes! ;-)

    Being from L.A. and thus being wonderfully L.A. jaded about the rich and famous, this was the first time I was EVER tongue tied meeting someone.

    However, again, it's 'cause I think Chris Walla is cuteness on toast. Nick and Jason I had no problem talking to. But they were all really nice. Ben laid low anyway and didn't come to the press conference and only came out of their dressing room to be interviewed (he just seemed to be not that into the media stuff.)


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