I like Deathcab For Cutie (DCFC) but am not that big a fan to catch them wherever. Didn't bother with Los Angeles or Seattle, although the gig venues are way more atmospheric than what Singapore has. We were tempted to catch them at their first show last month in Seattle since Chris Walla left. Kinda like on home ground. But the dates don't match. Gaah. It'd have been awesome to see them at The Crocodile. Anyway, it was just as well they came to Singapore again.
2015's album is titled 'Kintsugi'. So apt. For the first time, DCFC's album is not produced by Chris Walla, and we won't see him anymore at the shows. Dave Depper took over on this tour and they also added keyboardist Zac Rae. Their live sound was certainly different. Perhaps more dynamic. And of course a new guiatrist means a slight twist to the pace. All good, I thought.
The friends raved about the Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur gigs. So we knew the setlist and roughly what to expect in Singapore. The sound at the Coliseum was controlled and well spread out. Great show. It was a good mix of old and new songs, and of course the night had to end with 'Transatlanticism'. Awwwww. MUCH FEELS.
Of course they played 'You Are A Tourist' from their 2011 album 'Codes and Keys'. This song still evokes tons of emotions within. Well, I left town for years, returned, hung out, and had seriously considered leaving again, but ultimately shelved it for now. I'm still not sure I've made my peace with the city.
And if you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born / Then it's time to go / And define your destination / There's so many different places to call home