Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard told DIY magazine in a new interview that founding guitarist Chris Walla‘s departure from the group last year was a long time coming. Gibbard explained, “I’m certainly not overflowing with joy that Chris left the band, but at the same time, just having, finally after all these years, the catharsis of somebody who’s had in some ways one foot out the door for years, finally leave the band, it comes with a particular sense of relief.”
Gibbard added, “My relationship with Chris has been a complicated one over the years and I think that sometimes neither of us have said the thing we needed to say at the time because we were fearful of setting one another off.”
Walla did stick around to complete the recording of the band’s eighth studio album, Kintsugi, and Gibbard described the experience as both “bittersweet” and “liberating.”
He remarked, “I think that when you’re making a record with a band and you’ve been doing it as long as we have, sometimes you do have to tiptoe around people and make sure you don’t hurt their feelings if you tell them that something’s not working.”
Kintsugi will arrive next Tuesday (March 31st) and follows 2011’s Codes And Keys.
The Seattle-based band will embark on a lengthy North American tour starting on April 10th in Mesa, Arizona and ending on October 5th in their hometown.
Check out Death Cab’s latest Sugar Beach Session.