Following rock band Death Cab For Cutie’s performance on CBS Saturday Morning this week, interest in the meaning behind the group’s name has sparked.
If you’re not already a fan of the band, you may have wondered whether there is a story behind the group’s unique name as curiosity into the group’s moniker kindled online after their CBS feature.
We take a look at the meaning behind Death Cab For Cutie’s name and why Beatles fans may also recognise it.
Death Cab For Cutie perform on CBS’ Saturday Sessions
This week Washington-based rock band Death Cab For Cutie performed as part of CBS Morning’s Saturday Sessions.
Ahead of the release of their upcoming tenth studio album, the band performed some new material as well as a throwback classic.
Meaning of Death Cab For Cutie’s name explored
The band’s appearance on CBS Saturday Morning this week has sparked interest in the meaning behind the band’s name.
At the end of the film, British band Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band feature as they perform satirical song Death Cab For Cutie.
As explained to CNN by long-time DCFC guitarist Chris Walla, the group’s founder Ben Gibbard was a fan of the 1967 film.
The name has stuck 25 years on
Since forming in 1997, the band have gone on to release nine studio albums, the latest of them in 2018, Thank You For Today.
So far in 2022, the band have released singles Roman Candles and Here To Forever and have announced their tenth studio album will follow. The project, which is titled Asphalt Meadows, is expected to drop in September.
While Death Cab For Cutie’s name has confused some over the years, they’re not about to change it. However, they have previously admitted if they could go back in time, they would alter it.
In a 2009 interview with CNN, the group’s bassist Nick Harmer explained: “Knowing what we know now, Ben has said he would love to have shortened it somehow to a snappier name. We joke about changing it.”
As per American Songwriter, in a 2011 interview with Time Out Chicago, the group’s founder Ben Gibbard added: “The name was never supposed to be something that someone was going to reference 15 years on. So yeah, I would absolutely go back and give it a more obvious name.”