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Wednesday
Nov222017

20 years ago today, Death Cab for Cutie played their first show -- and you can hear it now 

BandcampNot many bands would want people to hear their very first show, but Death Cab for Cutie evidently doesn't mind if you listen to how they sounded before they were polished professionals.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Death Cab's first-ever performance, which took place in their hometown of Bellingham, Washington.  They've now released never-before-heard audio of that show via Bandcamp.  

The digital album, called FIRST SHOW, ACOUSTIC AT THE PACER HOUSE, BELLINGHAM WA. 11?/?22?/?97, costs four bucks, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit The Aurora Commons, a local Seattle, WA charity.

In a statement, Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard explains that the recording was made by the band's pal, Trevor Adams, on his dictaphone. 

Describing that night, he writes, "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."

Gibbard continues, "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," Gibbard concludes. "It was one of the greatest nights of my life at the time and its significance has only grown since."

The Death Cab lineup for that night included Gibbard, Chris Walla, Nick Harmer on bass and Chris's childhood friend, Nathan Good, on drums.  Gibbard and Harmer are still members of the band; Walla left in 2014.

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