Back in August, Death Cab for Cutie revealed that founding member and guitarist Chris Walla has decided to leave the band once their slew of festival dates had concluded.
The only silver-lining to Walla’s departure announcement was that the band revealed they had been working on a new album in the meantime; the follow-up to 2011’s Codes and Keys. At the time, the only information given was that it would be released sometime in 2015 with a lot of tour dates to follow.
Today, the band not only revealed the album title, but also the release date for their eighth studio record. Kintsugi will be released on March 31 through Atlantic Records.
When asked about the album’s title, bassist Nick Harmer said that it’s a “Japanese style of art where they take fractured, broken ceramics and put them back together with very obvious, real gold. It’s making the repair of an object a visual part of its history.”
If you’re thinking this is a tribute to the “fractured” band line-up due to the departure of Walla, then you might be onto something as confirmed by DCFC frontman, Ben Gibbard.
“This is an opportunity for the band to become something it could only become by losing a founding member. It’s our goal to make records that rank amongst the best work we’ve ever done.
I completely respect and understand why people love Transatlanticism or We Have the Facts… or Narrow Stairs. And I would hope that as we move forward, people listen with as little prejudice as they can and try to hear the music for what it is and not what they want it to be.”
While the band appears to have moved on since Walla’s official final show and departure, there has been no indication if they have brought in someone to fill in for him.
For now, check out the cover art and track list for the new album below.
1. No Room in Frame
2. Black Sun
3. The Ghosts of Beverly Drive
4. Little Wanderer
5. You’ve Haunted Me All My Life
6. Hold No Guns
7. Everything’s a Ceiling
8. Good Help (Is So Hard to Find)
9. El Dorado
11. Binary Sea