Final week the US alternative-rock band Dying Cab for Cutie had been in a recording studio in Connecticut, when some pals they’d produced from a fellow group over years of shared exhibits and nights backstage dropped by. For Dying Cab’s lead singer and guitarist, Ben Gibbard, it was a cheerful reunion tinged with a troublesome actuality: their pals had needed to put their music apart due to monetary and household constraints.
“They had been saying to us, ‘You guys are fortunate to have the ability to nonetheless do that’ and I, 100 per cent, recognise that,” Gibbard says. “For me, and all of us, there have been moments alongside the journey the place we took with no consideration what we now have, no-one is doing that now.”
“It’s solely in the previous couple of years that I’ve realised that that is what I do,” he says. “I’m not going to turn out to be a bodily therapist. Fortunately I gained’t be going again to highschool to turn out to be a lawyer. These are sort of issues our pals in different bands have needed to do.”
In 2019 Dying Cab for Cutie, a band of elegiac dimensions and charged dynamics, are a veteran act. Gibbard, who’s now 42-years-old, based the group in 1997 whereas learning engineering at college within the state of Washington in America’s Pacific Northwest. Close by Seattle was the essential music metropolis of the last decade and Gibbard had come of age with defiantly impartial expectations.