Take one of the biggest indie bands in the world, place them in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and watch a show to die for. Yes, this article will be filled with an absurd amount of killer puns and dad jokes. Death Cab For Cutie came to Los Angeles Friday night and played one of their best shows to date – They…Murdered…It.
Opening for DCFC was Charly Bliss, a fourpiece out Brooklyn, NY. Consisting of Eva Hendricks, Spencer Fox, Sam Hendricks, and Dan Shure the power pop, indie rock band ignited a sold-out night. With their powerful on-stage demeanour the band performed a plethora of hits from their relatively young discography. With tracks such as “Glitter” and “Percolator”, the band seamlessly invited the audience to dance, kick their heartbeats up and notch, and leave their picnic blankets behind.
Hollywood Forever’s policy when it comes to bringing in picnicking items? Well, there is none. Imagine Regents Park in London the Eiffel Tower on a warm summer’s day with a bunch of yummies. Picnicking might not be appropriate if Ozzy Osbourn was on stage but this was Death Cab – a band that embodies the culture of new-age picknicking.
At 8 PM sharp Ben Gibbard and friends came out from the backstage blackness. The lights slowly rose as if to wake the dead spirits gazing on from their mausoleums. Opening with “I Dreamt We Spoke Again” of the band’s latest release, ‘Thank You for Today’, the band set the tone for what would be a night of fascination. “Summer Years” and “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive” followed. Once the song “Long Divison” came spilling through the PA system, almost everyone rose to their feet to dance. Roughly halfway through the band’s set lead singer Ben Gibbard took a moment to make a myriad of jokes relating to playing in the cemetery. Gibbard returned to the guitar to further the night with hit songs such as “No Sunlight” and “Soul Meets Body”.
The band left the stage circa 9:30 PM thanking Los Angeles for a beautiful evening. Shortly after the crowd cheered for an encore, Ben Gibbard returned with an acoustic guitar. Gibbard went straight into “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”, one of the band’s darkest and more popular tracks. Tears from audience members trickled down faces as hugs were seen throughout the venue. “Transatlanticism” closed the encore, celebrating a performance that will go down as one of the best of the year.
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