On Thursday night Death Cab For Cutie took over the Sony Centre stage in honour of Canadian Music Week. Frontman, Ben Gibbard, called the venue, “a formal setting” but formal as it may be, the sound quality was spectacular. Especially for the acoustic songs that Death Cab is well known for. The band’s haunting and mystical music sounded clean and intimate in the cool, atmosphere of the Sony Centre most notably, during songs like You’ve Haunted Me All My Life and Passenger Seat.
“Some people’s way back machines go back 50 maybe 60 years. Ours goes back about… 17 years,” Gibbard said just before playing President of What a song released in the late nineties from their debut studio album, Something About Airplanes. When we saw Death Cab For Cutie at Riot Fest we were little heartbroken that they didn’t play I Will Follow You Into The Dark. However, they did not disappoint on Thursday night. They did indeed play I Will Follow You Into The Dark along with a handful of other songs from their older and most well known albums Plans and Transatlanticism.
At one point during the night, Death Cab dedicated Soul Meets Body to The Antlers. Their opening band from Brooklyn, New York. The trio play indie rock music and sound similar to Bon Iver, The National and Tame Impala.
DCFC played a long set (24 songs!) as they are notorious for doing but the audience loved every second of it. The crowd often broke the delicate ambience of the lone piano or guitar by screaming praise for the Seattle-based band and once applause started, it was hard to get rid of it.
Death Cab ended the night with Transatlantacism and we can’t say we were surprised. The infamous line I need you so much closer – often quoted in hundreds of Tumblr photos – originates from this iconic song. In true DCFC fashion, the ominous single is over seven minutes long with breathtaking acoustics that leave you feeling wonderstruck. It was a perfect way to end the mellow and magical night.