One of America’s hallmark alternative rock bands is Reno bound. Death Cab for Cutie will be playing Grand Sierra Resort on Monday, Sept. 28. The band is on tour around the Western United States, with shows in Seattle and Texas already sold out.
Death Cab for Cutie is Ben Gibbard (vocals, guitar, piano), Nick Harmer (bass) and Jason McGerr (drums).
The group formed around a Gibbard solo project. Stoked by the success of a 1997 release, Gibbard worked to assemble a band, recruiting Harmer and original members Chris Walla and Nathan Good. The four began to record and tour regularly.
Album releases in 1998 and 2000 were received favorably among independent music fans, but it wasn’t until 2003’s “Transatlanticism” that Death Cab for Cutie moved into mainstream success, with two singles from the album — “The New Year” and “The Sound of Settling” — appearing in a host of popular films and television programs that year. The band went on to sign with Atlantic Records in 2004.
A decade out from its emergence into commercial success, Death Cab for Cutie is going strong, with thronging fans attending shows all over the world. The band toured Australia over the summer, and made appearances on the Tonight Show and Conan.
In March, the group released “Kintsugi,” the group’s eighth studio album. Recorded at Eldorado Studios in Burbank, California, the album was produced by Rich Costey, the first outside producer to work with the band.
The album marks a meaningful transition for the band, as founding member Chris Walla decided to leave the group during the recording process, while continuing to assist with the record’s completion. Walla had fulfilled most of the group’s producing roles over the years.
Encompassing a wide range of musical styles including indie rock/pop, emo and alt rock, Death Cab for Cutie songs incorporate an eclectic array of instruments and synthesizers, with flutes, cellos, organs and glockenspiels making appearances in the bands discography.
- Death Cab for Cutie
When: 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28
Where: Grand Sierra Resort
Tickets: $35 and up