Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band, formed in Bellingham, Washington, Labels. Warner Music · Atlantic · Barsuk · Fierce Panda · Sub Pop · Grand . Death Cab for Cutie had been contacted by major labels on-and-off for worldwide deal" with Atlantic, leaving their long-time label Barsuk Records. Death Cab for Cutie has released nine studio Death Cab for.
Musically, the album utilizes ambience and instrumental sparseness as an extension of this theme. The album's title, likewise, references the Atlantic Ocean and uses it as a metaphor for geographic and emotional separation.
Chris Walla , the band's guitarist, produced the album as he had for its predecessors. The album's artwork was created by artist Adde Russell. Prior to the album's release, Give Up had become a huge success, eventually going platinum—unusual territory for indie rock artists. The band were also referenced on the television drama The O. Expectations for Transatlanticism were high, with the band receiving renewed attention. The album was a success: it charted at number 97 on the Billboard , and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America RIAA , for shipments of , copies in the United States.
It received acclaim from music critics, who praised its emotional tone and expansive music. Gibbard had met Walla during their tenure at Western Washington University , and bonded over their taste in music. The following year, the group relocated to Seattle to pursue music in earnest. They continued to build a following through relentless touring, and issued their second album, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes , in The group shifted their percussionists numerous times: Good was replaced by Jayson Tolzdorf-Larson, and then by Michael Schorr , with whom the band recorded their third LP, The Photo Album , released in The Photo Album 's creation was rushed for financial reasons.
Each band member had recently left their day jobs , with the band now their primary source of income for the first time. They had also set a tour for later in the year, which led to a rushed, difficult recording process. It sold over 50, records at that time, which was unprecedented for an indie band.
Despite this, relations between the band grew strained. The group had issues with Schorr, and Walla—who enjoyed the recording aspect of music more than performing it—was feeling exhausted by the entire experience. Gibbard moved to the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles , and began collaborating with electronic music artist Dntel Jimmy Tamborello.
It became a bigger success than either had imagined, selling over , copies within its first two years of release, and over one million within the decade. By the time the band regrouped to work on their next album, tensions had cooled. Schorr had departed the band and was replaced by drummer Jason McGerr. His addition assisted in bringing stability to the band, as his calm demeanor helped settle the band's previous dynamic. Transatlanticism was recorded between December and June A large portion of recording was also completed at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco , where Walla worked as an engineer.
In contrast to the negative atmosphere that produced its predecessor, the working environment for Transatlanticism was a kind and creative one. Gibbard considered it key that Walla was enjoying himself, and cited it as an integral piece to the album's success. With the extra time taken in the studio, the fidelity of the album is of a considerably higher quality than previous efforts.
Prior to the album's release, Gibbard stated: " Throughout its eleven tracks, Transatlanticism is a concept album exploring themes of isolation, sorrow, and long-distance romance. Harmer looked up the word and discovered it indeed already existed, having been used in science journals. Prior to creating the album, Gibbard felt increasingly exhausted with touring, and had a relationship fall apart because of being away for so long. These experiences comprised what Gibbard reflected on as the "lowest" year in his life, and influenced the songwriting on Transatlanticism profoundly.
He was aiming to complete one song per day, and for the album, he brought the band 25—30 demo tracks. Greenwald, writing for MTV , writes that the album's songs "slow dance between genres—lush, sensitive piano ballads bump up against and blur into kaleidoscopic guitar grooves. The album's artwork was created by Seattle-based painter Adde Russell.
Rosenfeld asked the band if they would be interested in working with Russell, and they agreed. Russell began by producing a copious amount of artwork, in varying styles.
Like the rest of the album, 'Company Calls' is a more ragged version of Death Cab For Cutie than we know today, but there are still clear signs of Gibbard's songwriting talent even at this early stage. Retrieved 17 August Their first release on the label, Plans , earned a platinum certification and charted at number four in the US. A lot of that's reflected in the new album. We needed to take time and do some other stuff, and we did. I think it might just be a Northwest thing. Album Title:.
The crow on the album cover came from a hobby shop Russell found. Initially, it was a white styrofoam bird with red string.
Harmer was particularly interested in this imagery, and continued her to keep working, and she eventually delivered the final album cover. The album leaked online before its release; Gibbard called this a "good thing," noting, "if anything I like the idea of normal people getting a chance to hear it before it comes out. Transatlanticism was released on October 7, by Barsuk Records. It was released physically on compact disc, double-LP vinyl, and cassette; additionally, the record saw digital distribution on the iTunes Store , which had debuted that year.
In addition to regular formats, Barsuk also issued a limited release for audiophiles on SACD ,  the initial successor to CDs that purported to have higher audio quality and more storage. Walla extolled the possibilities of the format in a profile for CMJ at that time: "I think on a really subconscious level, [SACDs make] music more compelling to listen to," he said.
It debuted to over 15, copies sold,  and became their first album to chart on Billboard at number In , to celebrate the album's tenth anniversary, Barsuk reissued the LP on vinyl. The label also released Transatlanticism Demos , a collection of demo versions of songs from Transatlanticism.
The band regrouped to rehearse for the tour behind Transatlanticism in late In contrast to their previous live setups, which were simpler and more focused on the four instruments, the band made it a priority to include samplers to incorporate the soundscapes present on Transatlanticism. Previously, the quartet had driven themselves from city to city in an Econoline van. For this tour, their accommodations were upgraded: they paid for a tour bus for the first time. Gibbard justified the expense in an interview with CMJ : "All of us are past this Catholic -style indie-rock guilt about taking a bus.
No, dude, taking a bus is rad. It was the band's first tour with only one supporting act per show. Their rationale was that as their catalog had grown, it felt more reasonable play longer shows. These issues and the band's rising stardom led them to court major-labels in Transatlanticism was met with widespread critical acclaim. At Metacritic , which assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 85, based on 21 reviews.
In The A. Club , Stephen Thompson said the record "surpasses Gibbard's other career highpoints", calling it "a lush, impeccably produced, musically adventurous, emotionally resonant examination of the way relationships are both strengthened and damaged by distance". In , Transatlanticism was named by NPR Music as one of the fifty most important recordings of the s decade,  while Rolling Stone ranked it 57th on the magazine's decade-end list.
Transatlanticism was released at a moment where indie rock became a cultural force, gaining popularity outside its typical fanbases. In a cover story for Spin at that time, writer Andy Greenwald suggested that "Death Cab have found a way to communicate intimate, insular indie rock to the budding teen-emo overground". We're proud of what we've accomplished, but it's far more exciting to me to reach an audience that stretches beyond any genre or age group. The process to sign the band was a difficult, year-long affair; Atlantic had to buy out the rest of the quartet's Barsuk contract and pay that label for the remaining two albums it owed them.
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