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Death Cab For Cutie exclusive Festival gig

Wednesday, 21 December 2011, 9:57 am Press Release: New Zealand International Arts Festival FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETOWN HALL GIGSMUSIC: USA DeathCab For Cutie exclusive Festival gig USindie pop/rock star quartet Death Cab For Cutie’s firstever New Zealand appearance will be an exclusive one nightonly performance at the 2012 New Zealand International ArtsFestival. The group are a late addition to the Festival’sstrong Town Hall Gigs line-up in March. “We arethrilled to add Death Cab For Cutie to our exciting TownHall Gigs line-up for the 2012 New Zealand InternationalArts Festival,’’ says Festival Artistic Director LissaTwomey. “Like our Town Hall megastars, Bon Iver, thesemusicians have captured international attention and afiercely loyal fan base with their distinctive sound.’’ Death Cab For Cutie began as a solo project of front manBen Gibbard in 1997 with the release of a cassette demo,You Can Play These Songs with Chords, which lead to arecord deal. Gibbard expanded the project, recruitingguitarist (Chris Walla), bass player (Nick Harmer) anddrummer (Nathan Good). The band released their first album,Something About Airplanes in 1998. Their seventhand latest album, Codes and Keys, released in May isup for a Grammy Award (as was their sixth, NarrowStairs, 2008) and has received glowing praise fromreviewers around the world, many noting its sonicexploration and lyrical ambition. The LA Timessaid,” The band’s musical ambitions have grown rightalongside their audience. The songs from Codes and Keyswere their most experimental while staying effortlesslymelodic.” The album debuted at number six on the ARIAchart in Australia. The band’s 2012 Australian tour hasalready sold out in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.Additional dates have been added due to demand. Tracksfrom the band have appeared in soundtracks of TV shows –The O.C, Six Feet Under, CSI: Miami andCalifornication and films Wedding Crashers andMean Creek. The 2012 Town Hall Gigs include musicfrom Tinariwen (Mali), Barefoot Divas (New Zealand,Australia and international) with Walk A Mile In MyShoes, Bon Iver (USA), Sharon Shannon Big Band (Ireland)and Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band (USA) withCubano Be! Cubano Bop! Death Cab ForCutie is at the Wellington Town Hall on 29 February forthe 2012 New Zealand International Arts Festival,Wellington, 24 February – 18 March. Tickets $38 – $75available from Ticketek from 9am on Thursday 22nd December.ENDS

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