Death Cab for Cutie's new single, 'You Are a Tourist': Hear it here


Death Cab for Cutie’s first album in three years, Codes and Keys, doesn’t drop until May 31, but you can get a sense for the band’s new direction from the just-released single, “You Are a Tourist.”

In sharp contrast to the 2008’s melancholic Narrow Stairs or their Twilight: New Moon track “Meet Me At the Equinox,” their latest is an uptempo rocker; frontman Ben Gibbard sounds like his voice is echoing through a sun-dappled canyon, and his lyrics are light and romantic: “When there’s a burning in your heart/and you think it’ll burst apart/Oh, there’ s nothing to fear, save the tears, save the tears.”

It’s not quite the Death Cab you remember from that mix CD your freshman-year girlfriend gave you for Valentine’s Day, but it’s an undeniably catchy slice of indie-pop. Listen to the song after the jump, and let us know what you think!

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  • DRG

    Wow! You mean other people make music besides Lady Ca Ca? You’d never know it by reading EW’w web site.

    • tom sea


  • Carrie

    Sounds good to me. I like it.

  • Ruby

    Good song!

  • no cars go

    i’m a big death cab fan but i didn’t care for narrow stairs (with the exception of bixby canyon bridge) and this song definitely makes me more optimistic about the new album. it’s not transatlanticism but you can’t make the same album over and over.


    I love it, but then I love everything this band has ever done. I can’t wait for the album to drop.

  • Frank from

    Terrific song. Looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.

  • Hans M.

    OK, it certainly has a catchy quality. I wasn’t too excited about the new album, but now I’m a tad more interested. Nice hook indeed.

    • john stewart

      Hmm. This could’ve come right out of the 80’s. It’s a bit of a time machine. Not a bad thing though. In fact, I like the track, and hope this means good things to come for DCFC.

  • Justin Hamilton

    I used to be obsessed with this band back in the day, but not diggin’ this at all. For what it is I guess it isn’t better, but not what I’d expect from these guys. Definitely influenced by Eno.

  • Jack Darling

    The great thing about DCFC is that they continue to improve and push the envelope of so-called “indie pop.” If You Are A Tourist is any indication, the new album will be a winner, and yet another departure from previous work.

  • livvi

    Cant wait! i love them :)

  • w barger

    My freshman-year girlfriend buying Death Cab for Cutie? My freshman year she would have bought me Lennon’s Imagine album.

  • scott

    lead vocal sounds like Jon Anderson. Great song!

    • chills

      i’ve seen jon anderson many times with yes, and a few times solo. you are exactly right – he does sound like jon.

  • chris

    great song albums is gonna be awesome for sure

  • lorey

    i love death cab they give me a great feeling about life man i love there style just a great band

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