October 4, 2022

Throughout a latest telephone name with Consequence, Ben Gibbard drops the completely unanticipated indisputable fact that he loves 100 gecs. “I’m fully obsessive about them,” he gushes in regards to the polarizing hyperpop duo. “At 46 years previous, there’s music that I needs to be afraid of. It’s superior that there’s music being made now that I’ve completely no thought methods to make.”

Being 46 additionally means Gibbard has spent over half his life because the frontman of Loss of life Cab for Cutie, whose nice tenth studio album Asphalt Meadows is out Friday (September sixteenth). Perhaps it shouldn’t be stunning that he’s so enamored by 100 gecs, who sound a bit like what shotgunning 5 cans of Pink Bull whereas on Adderall would possibly really feel like: Whether or not it’s collaborating with heavyweights like Probability the Rapper and Noah Cyrus, helming a Yoko Ono tribute album, being the pandemic’s most constant livestreamer, or casually operating 100-mile races, Gibbard’s typical mentality appears to be go, go, go in various levels of depth.

“I believe we’ve all the time put lots of strain on ourselves to remain productive, and keep working, and keep lively,” bassist Nick Harmer tells Consequence in a separate name. “We’ve all the time felt that if we weren’t, we had been in some way taking it too simple.”

So when COVID-19 sequestered the members of Loss of life Cab — which, lately, additionally consists of drummer Jason McGerr and guitarists/keyboardists Dave Depper and Zac Rae — Gibbard got here up with a songwriting plan. Every Monday, one member had the day to put in writing the start of a tune. Tuesday morning, he’d go it alongside to a different member, who had full inventive liberty over the song-in-progress till the subsequent day.

This round-robin methodology would proceed all through the weekdays till, like a sport of inventive phone, Friday would lead to a accomplished Loss of life Cab tune. “We thought, ‘Let’s add some construction to a structureless life,’” Harmer says.

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