Death Cab For Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard stopped by the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ for a 3-song acoustic performance and chat with Kat Corbett about the band’s new album Kintsugi, which was released March 27th.
Gibbard explained the meaning behind Kintsugi. “For those who don’t know, it’s a Japanese technique of repairing broken ceramics but instead of just making it look like it did before it was broken, they use gold or some precious medal within the adhesive that makes the cracks kind of visible. It highlights the breakages.”
“Nick, our bass player, brought it to my attention and I really liked the term as it relates to just being a songwriter,” Gibbard continued. “I feel like what I’ve been trying to do all these years is kind of a metaphorical version of that, which is to try to put together things that are broken and make them kind of beautiful again.”
Death Cab co-founder Chris Walla announced in 2014 that he’d be leaving the band after they finished recording Kintsugi. “Obviously we feel very fortunate for the years we had with Chris and he did some great work with us. He’ll continue to go off and do great work and I hope we’ll do the same.”
Gibbard also appeared on the Foo Fighters’ HBO series Sonic Highways. “It’s a pretty fun atmosphere in the studio with those guys. What was really kind of great to experience was how much those guys just really get off on each other’s humor. It’s clear that they are enjoying being a huge rock band in the exact right way.”