Death Cab For Cutie
Photo By Mark N. Kartarik
With the Antlers
Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis
Saturday, May 2, 2015
You could assume that Ben Gibbard is Death Cab for Cutie's only indispensable member, but Saturday's Death Cab concert at Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis showed that departed guitarist Chris Walla has left a six-string-sized hole in the group's stage show.
The indie heroes, newly a three-piece and on the road supporting this year's Kintsugi, brought along two touring musicians -- guitarist Dave Depper and pianist Zac Rae -- to fill the two roles Walla played in the band before exiting on good terms last summer. Sure, Depper had "Why You'd Want to Live Here" down note-for-note, and Rae played "Passenger Seat" beautifully. But it felt slightly awkward when frontman Gibbard wandered over to their side of the stage to jam out for a bar or two -- something he often did with Walla, the 17-year Death Cab veteran.More »