In the giving spirit of the festive season, everybody's favorite nice guys Death Cab for Cutie have done something generous. To mark their 20 year anniversary as a band, they've released an unheard recording of their first ever show, an acoustic gig in their friend Trevor Adams' living room.
Its currently up on Bandcamp, and downloads start at $4, for 28 minutes of music. All of the proceeds will go towards the Seattle non-profit The Aurora Commons, which provides a community space, particularly for homeless residents. So, in getting something awesome for yourself, you also get to support something awesome. Seems like kind of a win-win to me.
Ben Gibbard, Death Cab's defacto leader, made the following statement to accompany the release:
This is a recording of the first ever Death Cab For Cutie show. It was made by our friend Trevor Adams on his dictaphone at The Pacer House in Bellingham, Washington on November 22, 1997. Sprawled across couches and sitting cross-legged on the floor were 25 of our closest friends and fellow musicians. Everyone played acoustic or semi-acoustic with no PA. Trevor made and passed bowl after bowl of microwave popcorn because he was (and I assume still is) a great host.
Chris Walla and I had just finished the You Can Play These Songs With Chords cassette and we thought it would be fun to play a few shows around Bellingham to celebrate the release. We recruited Nick Harmer to play bass and Walla’s childhood friend Nathan Good to play drums. None of us thought we were starting a band nor did our ambitions for DCFC extend very far past this particular evening. We simply thought it would be fun to play these songs for our friends before moving on to other things.
I remain forever grateful to Trevor for inviting us to play in his living room 20 years ago today. It was one of the greatest nights of my life at the time and its significance has only grown since.
If that doesn't make you feel warm and fuzzy, I don't know what will. Happy holidays!
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