Death Cab for Cutie Plot Summer Tour, Then a Break 'Is Probably In Order'
Death Cab for Cutie has just announced a run of summer tour dates, kicking off June 30 in Ontario. The 18-date tour will run throughout the U.S. and Canada, stopping at several festivals along the way. See the full list of dates below.
Death Cab is on tour through May with the Magik*Magik Orchestra, which was also featured on the group's latest release, "Codes and Keys." "These are my favorite shows that we've played so far," guitarist Chris Walla told Billboard.com of the band's current U.S. run. "Aside from what happens musically, which is totally great, Minna Choi is a fantastic arranger, the players are totally world class, it's just really fun hearing that album cycle fifteen years into the band and having really different chemistry on stage. It's not like anything we've ever done."
During July, Death Cab will be playing the 80/35 Festival in Iowa, Summerfest in Wyoming, Cincinnati's Bunbury Fest and the Taste of Chicago, before wrapping at the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware. Walla said that he's most looking forward to Firefly, which the Killers, Jack White and the Black Keys are headlining, but he's also excited for the 80/35 Fest, which is "going to be really interesting."
After the summer tour wraps, Walla doesn't know what the band's next move is -- but they will most likely take some time to rest. There are no more singles being released from "Codes and Keys" and Death Cab hasn't started working on any new music. "I think a break of some kind is probably in order. It's all malleable. We could jump right back in the studio and make another record or it could be another two or three years. We really don't know. It remains to be seen," he said.
"Codes and Keys" was released May 31, 2011, debuting at No. 1 on the Rock Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200, with 258,000 copies sold to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Full list of Death Cab for Cutie summer tour dates:
June 30: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (The Commons)
July 1: Barrie, ON (Burl's Creek)
July 3: Cleveland, OH (Jacobs Pavilion)
July 4: Rochester Hills, MI (Meadow Brook)
July 5: Milwaukee, WI (Summerfest)
July 7: Des Moines, IA (80/35 Music Festival)
July 8: Lawrence, KS (Liberty Music Hall)
July 9: Springfield, MO (Gilloz Theatre)
July 10: Tulsa, OK (Cain's Ballroom)
July 12: Chicago, IL (The Taste of Chicago)
July 13: Pittsburgh, PA (Stage AE)
July 14: Charlottesville, VA (nTelos Wireless Pavilion)
July 15: Cincinnati, OH (Bunbury Music Festival)
July 17: Nashville, TN (Ryman Auditorium)
July 19: Montclair, NJ (Wellmont Theatre)
July 20: Holyoke, MA (Mountain Park)
July 21: Cooperstown, NY (Ommegang Brewery)
July 22: Dover, DE (Firefly Music Festival)