Death Cab for Cutie is working on its eighth studio album, and first full-length since 2011's "Codes and Keys."
The veteran alt-rock group teased the studio return on Instagram on Thursday (Oct. 10) by photographing a row of guitar and adding the caption, "Paintbrushes. #inthestudio #deathcab." A source confirms to Billboard that Ben Gibbard and co. are indeed plowing ahead with a new studio album.
Earlier this year, Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello revived their popular side project the Postal Service for a world tour coinciding with a 10th anniversary re-issue of the duo's lone album, 2003's "Give Up." The Postal Service played its last show at the Metro in Chicago in August, following its headlining set at Lollapalooza.
Following the release May 2011 release of "Codes and Keys" (279,000 copies sold to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan), Gibbard issued his debut solo album, "Former Lives," in Oct. 2012. Last month, Death Cab for Cutie performed its 2003 breakout album "Transatlanticism" in its entirety at Seattle's Bumbershoot festival.