Death Cab for Cutie and Bright Eyes Concert at Les Schwab Amphitheater
Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes and opening band Jenny and Johnny on Friday, May 27. Gates open at 5pm and Show starts at 6pm. Tickets are $35 plus service fees. The first 300 tickets bought at the Ticket Mill with cash will have a flat $3 service fee. All Ages, General Admission. General on-sale through Bendconcerts and at the Ticket Mill.
Death Cab for Cutie’s long train to popularity has its roots in Western Washington University, Bellingham, way back when in 1997. Death Cab for Cutie were well on their way musically when they began combining their love of The Smiths with the popular strains of Northwest college rock (soon to be more commonly known as indie rock) from the likes of Halobenders, Modest Mouse, and Built to Spill. Melodic guitar based rock poured out of the three young men, Ben Gibbard, Chris Walla, and Nick Harmer. Originally planned as just a way to take up time and have fun at college, the band’s debut and follow up albums received unanimous critical acclaim. Their third and fourth albums were a critical indie success. With help from their new, larger record label, the band cracked radio airwaves via their fifth album Plans, sixth album Narrow Stairs, and a major hit single for the Twilight movie soundtrack. In May 2011 the band will release their seventh full length album Codes and Keys.
Bright Eyes is an American indie rock band founded by singer-songwriter and guitarist Conor Oberst. Bright Eyes consists of Oberst, multi-instrumentalist and producer Mike Mogis, trumpet and piano player Nate Walcott and a rotating lineup of collaborators drawn primarily from Omaha’s indie music scene. The band's new album titled The People’s Key was released on February 2011. Fully realized and bursting with charisma, The People’s Key is an assured and accomplished album, artfully arranged and filled with the engaging and mesmeric songwriting for which Oberst is renowned.
Jenny & Johnny will open the show followed by Bright Eyes and headliner Death Cab for Cutie. Jenny and Johnny first started working together in 2005, after being introduced by Conor Oberst. Jenny is also the lead singer for the band Rilo Kiley. During Jenny’s Acid Tongue tour in 2007 with Johnathan, the band cut the song Carpetbaggers with Elvis Costello. Costello was so inspired with the collaboration that he enlisted Lewis and Rice on his Momofuku album released in 2008. During that tour Rice and Lewis began writing a batch of songs different from anything they had previously created. The material was fast, ultra-melodic, and often blended both of their voices into one, creating a completely new sound. When the tour wrapped in Japan in August of 2009, Jenny and Johnny recorded these new tunes. The album I’m Having Fun Now was released in 2010.