Death Cab for Cutie w/ Tacocat
Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
What could be better than a two-hour Death Cab for Cutie concert in their hometown, playing a 24-song set list at the historic Paramount? How about three nights with Death Cab.
We may get a lot of rain here, and tons of overcast days. But, when it comes to the music scene, it sure does pay off. Each of the three nights had a different opener, Sunday’s of which was Tacocat. Dressed in sparkly, neon clothing and a leopard print trench coat, each member had their own 80’s vibe with a modern twist. From the get-go, one could tell their music was about having fun and making fun. From jabbing songs about internet commenters to self-deprecating breakup tunes, this funky and fantastic performance by Tacocat was exhilarating and certainly warmed the Paramount for Death Cab.
Seattle was ready to welcome them to the stage. In return, these locals were ready to bring their new album, Kintsugi, to life. Death Cab opened with “No Room in Frame” and “Crooked Teeth.” The crowd responded well early on, screaming back the lyrics and keeping pace with a set that had few breaks between songs. Every song sounded heavier, louder, and fuller. The bass notes were deep and the drums pounded. Gibbard and co. played roughly half of the new album and the sound was flawless. With the arrival of touring member Dave Depper, Depper brings a level of energy to the stage that is generally missing from this band. It was refreshing to see some movement and a different look.
With apologies for slotting Seattle at the end of their tour, Death Cab certainly made up for it by playing three glorious nights. Be sure to get a ticket for Deck the Hall Ball in December, where you can catch them headlining once again.
Photos and review by Logan Westom