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Tuesday, May 11, 2004

 

Death Cab for Cutie (Crystal Ballroom - Cinco de Mayo)




Death Cab for Cutie's music seems like it was tailor-made for something like The OC.

There, I said it.

I guess that's why their music has appeared on episodes of Fox's teeny bopper drama. Death Cab, despite possessing the best name for a band ever, makes bittersweet music for angst-ridden teens that aren't really all that angst-ridden. The music is bittersweet, fluffy and ultimately as forgettable as lemon-flavored cotton candy.

The bands debut album, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, was a step in the right direction. Their follow-ups, however, have proven bland and inoffensive; the sort of stuff that's probably being played in heavy rotation on soft rock stations around the country. And the singer sounds like he still hasn't hit puberty.

So why did I pay to see the band play live at the Crystal? A bunch of other people were going and I was curious to see how a band like Death Cab would integrate the holiday into their set.

Sadly, Death Cab did not come out on stage wearing sombreros and firing pistolas widely in the air. Instead they put on a strong, hour+ set consisting mostly of tracks off of The Photo Album and Transatlanticism. And, for some strange reason, they played Bjork's "All is Full of Love" during the encore.

Also: Ben Kweller opened. I don't know much of anything about him but I guess he's been a "recording artist" since he was in his mid-teens. His music is much like Death Cab's and, only a few days later, I can't recall a single line or cord from his set.

Actually, lemme take that back. During a bit of downtime during his set he played "Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!" - the Ren and Stimpy theme song. This makes him a-ok in my book.

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