Founding member Chris Walla has left the Seattle emo rockers after 17 years. What does the future hold for the fate of the band?
After a whopping 17 years at the forefront of iconic alternative rock band Death Cab For Cutie, lead guitarist and producer Chris Walla has announced his departure from the group. His exit comes after a decision to focus his creative energies towards other avenues. Walla formed the group alongside frontman Ben Gibbard and bassist Nick Harmer, who are now the only original members holding the fort. Together they produced seven albums, six EP’s and toured the world multiple times. Their blend of fragile alternative rock paved the way for what is now commonly known as ‘emo’, winning millions of fans worldwide through their melancholy songs that were often composed of lush instrumentation and unorthodox instruments.
With Walla [L} leaving the group, only two original members will remain. [Getty/Jason Kempin]
But with Walla clearly tiring of the band’s direction, where will Gibbard and Harmer go now? Despite Gibbard, who also fronts the cult indie-electro band The Postal Service with Jimmy Tamborello, acting as the group’s main songwriter, Walla’s contribution to the band cannot be overlooked. He has played an integral role in producing and engineering each of Death Cab’s albums as well as lending his production skills to records by Tegan & Sara, The Decemberists and Hot Hot Heat. With Walla absent, Death Cab will have to seek outside help for future efforts. But the group are currently sitting on a fully completed album that has yet to see release- produced in part by Walla, and which will also see the departing guitarist touring to support the release. To ease the band in to an existence without Walla’s guidance, Death Cab employed co-producer Rich Costey for outside input.
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They were so good together...how could they?! Sniff!
A break up is rarely an easy time for a couple but ever get that feeling that some couples, i.e. NOT Rihanna and Chris Brown, were so well-matched that it was hard to imagine them not being an item? Yup, us too, so we restrained ourselves with a list of the top five celebrity couples we reckon never should have parted.
What is love now that we are no longer in a world where the Zooey Deschanels can't make a happy marriage with the Deathcab for Cutie frontmen? Woe is us indeed. Him: the sultry, thoughtful indie singer and guitarist who is responsible for such odes to eternal love as 'I'll Follow You Into The Dark.' Her: the cute, funny and (dare we say it?) quirky actress who, with one flick of her indie girl bangs in 500 Days of Summer, launched an odyssey of shy, introverted teenage dreams against a backdrop of The Smiths songs.
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Returning synth-pop duo poke fun at themselves
Hilarious banter abounds from the returning Postal Service as they poked gentle fun at themselves in a Funny Or Die video that pondered what auditions for vocalist Ben Gibbard’s role in the band would have been like after the pair went on hiatus as other band Death Cab For A Cutie grew.
The video was directed by The Best Show On WFMU radio host Tom Scharpling and saw a whole host of stars step in an attempt to take on the role of singer for the dreamily atmospheric synth pop group. Cameos by Duff McKagan, Moby, Aimee Mann, Tom DeLonge, "Weird" Al Yankovic, and Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster all came and went during the video, which according to SPIN, lost a little of its zip at nine minutes long.
All of this is added promotion for the pair’s return after nine years away since playing live, with it being a full decade since their critically acclaimed US platinum album Give Up. The group never released an another album following that, though its legend has grown and grown in indie circles, to the extent where some might say Owl City shamelessly ripped off the pair’s soft breezy sound when they emerged onto the scene in 2010. The group have a glut of live shows scheduled for this year, including an American tour and an appearance at Coachella weekend next month.
Today saw the announcement of the Coachella Festival 2013 line-up, to be run on the weekends of April 12, 2013 and April 19, 2013, and as expected it’s another smorgasbord of musical taste, with everyone from Britpop veterans Blur to funk rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers turning out for the California event. The sheer array of names is dizzying – just where do you start with deciding who to go and see? Well handily we’ve had a bit of a browse through the line-up for you, so here are a few of our tips.
Pick Of The Headliners
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2013 is officially the year of the comeback. Destiny's Child and Justin Timberlake have satiated the wont of many an R&B fan, David Bowie has utterly delighted die-hard 80s fans, and now The Postal Service has sent the indie world into a flurry of excitement.
The Postal Service are an amalgam of some of the best indie bands of the noughties including Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, and producer Jimmy Tamborello, along with a variety of guest performances across their timeless album 'Give-Up'. The band's website changed today, to a black page with 'The Postal Service 2013' written in their iconic font.
While very few details have been released for definite from the duo or their management, there has been plenty of speculation about what to expect including numerous sources saying that they will be performing at this year's Coachella, as well as plenty of others pointing towards other tour dates, according to Billboard. One thing for definite is that their label Subpop is preparing a deluxe edition re-release of their album.
Zooey Deschanel has officially divorced Ben Gibbard, the American indie rock singer with Death Cab For Cutie. The New Girl actress filed for divorce in January, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split. They married in 2009 and have no children together.
According to TMZ.com, a judge signed off the divorce on December 12, 2012, with both waving their rights to spousal support. The move kind of makes sense given both are pretty well off financially. Gibbard's group are on their seventh studio album and have a popular following, while Deschanel has risen to become one of the most popular actresses in the U.S. and beyond. Her Fox comedy New Girl has received impressive ratings and reviews, and she remains in-demand in Hollywood. During the divorce filing earlier this month, Zooey's lawyer found it necessary to attach her income and expense declaration, which confirmed her healthy financial state. She makes an average of $95,000 a month though spends only $22,500. She has three credit cards all of which have a zero balance, and has $1,578,000 in the bank. The actress also has an additional $1,645,000 in stocks and bonds and has property worth $693,000. The documents revealed that Zooey spends around $1,000 a month on groceries and household supplies, $500 on eating out, $800 on utilities, $300 on phone and email accounts, $600 in laundry and, of course, $2,000 on clothes.
Oh, and she also donates $1,500 a month to charity.
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Deschanel filed for divorce late last year after two months of separation. The pair had married in 2009, but as People reports, the divorce papers say: "Unhappy and irreconcilable differences have arisen between the parties, which have caused the irremediable breakdown of their marriage. There is no possibility that counseling . or mediation could save the marriage."
The 'Elf' star is currently starring in her own series called 'New Girl', in which she plays a kooky teacher living with a group of three guys in a loft apartment in California, for which she's recently received a Golden Globe nomination. As well as acting she has released music in the form of She&Him along side M. Ward, including an adorable Christmas album. Plus, she has her own entertainment website for women called HelloGiggles that takes submissions by readers for articles that are pertinent to their interests as well as to those who read it.
Former Lives is Death Cab For Cutie front man Ben Gibbard's solo debut. The dozen tracks that grace the album take us, in a similar yet slightly chirpier vein to his band work, on a thought provoking journey through Gibbard's self-penned memories and melodies. It's nothing new, pretty much more of the same, but if it isn't broken, don't fix it...
'Shepherd's Bush Lullaby' is a stunning a cappella opening to the offering. Its lyrics describe it as a 'melancholy whimsical tune' which is exactly right; through its short duration sounds beautiful, self-provided multi-tracked vocal harmonies. It's soon back to business as usual with 'Dream Song' as Gibbard returns with a sound familiar to what we know from DCFC, characterised by his distinctive vocal tone. 'Dream Song' has a shuffle feel to it underpinned by an almost walking bass line; like Death Cab For Cutie on a low dose of anti-depressants, as evidenced with the brief yet playful piano solo. There's an almost raucous edge to the crunchy opening of 'Teardrop Windows' which sounds Gibbard's vocals over a solid base of strummed electric guitar, drums and bass complete with gentle backing vocal harmonies and occasional Beatles-esque interjections of piano. 'Bigger Than Love' opens with on the beat piano pulsing and a subtly changing two-chord pattern then joined by pulsing snare and strummed acoustic guitar before the grungy electric vibe returns. In fact, the two-chord driving chorus of 'Bigger Than Love' sounds like something right out of Snow Patrol's songbook. The opening bars of 'Lily' bears great resemblance to the Death Cab For Cutie beauty 'I Will Follow You Into The Dark' with gently alternating bass picked through the acoustic guitar pattern, then the track picks up pace again with almost shuffle type percussion. Gibbard's lyrics are always so entrancing and his solo effort is certainly no exception.
'Something's Rattling (cowpoke)' offers a more Latin American vibe with muted trumpet and plucked violin interchanges over the solid strummed ground of this fast waltz. With the 'ooh' refrain there are smooth and slushy trumpet and bowed violin backings amongst the initial call and response theme. It's then back to The Beatles-esque sound with the descending piano accompaniment of 'Duncan, Where Have You Gone?' which underpins Gibbard's smooth multi-part heartfelt vocals later joined by grungy electric guitar. 'Oh, Woe' then changes back to the toe-tapping, light-hearted, blues shuffle glimpsed in the debut's earlier tracks; the light-hearted musical feel continues with the country feel for 'A Hard One To Know'. 'Lady Adelaide' then steps back to the gentle sensitivity of the picked guitar accompanied numbers with its pretty melody also picked out through the guitar line. 'Lady Adelaide' gathers more bite with the inclusion of percussion, both unturned (drum kit) and tuned (xylophone).
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With the divorce of Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard taking place at the end of 2011, neither of them have revealed what caused their relationship the break down in the first place.
Zooey Deschanel has recently divorced from her husband, Ben Gibbard. Deschanel announced in November 2011 her separation from the Death Cab For Cutie frontman, before later filing for divorce in 27th December 2011. TMZ.com were able to get their hands on the court documents and revealed that Deschanel has 1.5 million USD in her bank account, in addition to 1.6 million USD in stocks and bonds.
Deschanel is currently on fire with a Golden Globe nomination for her comedy series 'New Girl', as well as a successful music career as part of She and Him - in addition to appearances in '500 Days of Summer' and 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. Recently, she also recorded a number of songs for the soundtrack of Disney's new 'Winnie the Pooh'. Apparently, after her rerecording of theme tune, she was asked to record a few more tracks for the piece.
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