Missed Ben Gibbard and the rest of indie-emo prototypes Death Cab for Cutie? Their new album, Codes and Keys, will be out on May 31. They'll make a Southern California stop on June 7 at the El Rey theater.
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Fan-club members can get presale tickets to the tour on Thursday; the rest of the huddling masses can buy them Saturday. Death Cab's official website will also stream Codes and Keys in its entirety three days before it hits stores, but you can pre-order it now.
In an interview with Stereogum, bassist Nick Harmer says of the album:
"There are definitely guitars on this record; there are just less of them than before, and we're using them in different ways this time. Ben was really inspired by writing on acoustic guitar and on a piano, so often those parts become voices or keyboard lines rather than guitar parts. We really experimented with piecing the songs together in different ways and using the studio differently, so this a much less guitar-centric album than we've ever made before.
"The emotional spectrum feels much wider this time. . . . The last record (2008's Narrow Stairs) was much darker and was much more closely connected to what Ben had been going through in his life at the time. I think there's a lot more light in this record."