No one gets the feels going quicker than Seattle-based indie rock band Death Cab For Cutie. Let’s face it, you could be the toughest man alive – born on the floor of a peanut shell-laced bar at the Sturgis Biker Rally and still upon hearing “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”, you’ll cry like you’ve seen your mother devoured by wolves. Peanuts and wolves aside, Death Cab For Cutie came and conquered the notorious Hollywood Bowl for a night of pure, unadulterated bliss.
The night started sharply around 7 PM with the gents in Car Seat Headrest. Consisting of four lads with origins in Leesburg, Virginia turned Seattle, Washington, the indie rock band has quickly established themselves as one of the previous of new-age indie rock. Songs such as “Can’t Cool Me Down” and “Weightlifters” made their way through the bowl’s vast layers of sonic, magnetic landscape. The band closed with the crowd favorite “Stop Smoking”, which also doubled as a PSA.
Shortly after 8 PM, frontman Ben Gibbard and keyboardist Zac Rae calmly walked to their instruments from stage right. With the lights down low, almost to the point of being unable to make out Ben and Zac, the song “Passenger Seat” began with a mystical aurora surrounding the stage. Fans remained relaxed and collective – electing to conserve their energy for a more upbeat hit.
“I Dreamt We Spoke Again”, the first track off the band’s latest LP quickly followed and caused the bowl to start moving. With blood flowing, a gentle sweat erupted from Ben’s forehead, making him seem to strum his guitar harder and hard. “The Ghost of Beverly Drive” was quick to make its sound known and caused a plethora of fans of wave their hands excitedly in the well-tempered Hollywood air.
Other notable tracks such as “Long Division”, “I Will Possess Your Heart”, “Black Sun” and “We Looked Like Giants” all created an atmosphere that brought anyone with a soul and a memory back to their formidable years.
The band left the stage after performing a hefty nineteen tracks only to be begged back. Shortly after a rapturous encore coaxed the band to return, Ben was the only one to return to the stage – acoustic guitar in hand. Without a moment to waste, Gibbard performed “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” – not a dry eye was found in the audience.
Death Cab For Cutie closed their massive show at the Hollywood Bowl with “When We Drive”, “Tiny Vessels”, and their super hit, “Transatlanticism”.