March 19, 2017
Indie shows are something to marvel about. I am someone who mainly goes to Pop Punk shows. I go to the pit and sing my heart out until I have no voice left. So when I go to a show like Death Cab for Cutie, an Indie band from Seattle, Washington, I kinda felt culture shock. Regardless, seeing them at the House of Blues in Anaheim was one unforgettable experience.
First of all, I was to give kudos to the new House of Blues in Anaheim. In 2016, the venue relocated from Downtown Disney to the Garden Walk, a shopping area full of diners and store. This is a very beautiful venue. It looks bigger, and the sound quality is so crisp. If there is one thing I do miss form the venue, its the dance floor (the pit) is a lot bigger. Before it was smaller giving it that small club show feel. but regardless, I am very happy for the improvements.
The shoe began with the Opener Pure Bathing Culture. This small indie band played for 45 minutes, performing many of there songs that is new for the audience. I had never heard of them until that night. The band had synths, guitars and a beautiful vocalist who performed with passion for her music.For the most part, they got the crowed excited for Death cab, just like any opener would do.
Death Cab for Cutie was up next around 9:15 PM. At an almost two hour set, the band performed a variety of hits dating back form there 1998 debut “Something about Airplanes” to there current release “Kintugi”. The show started strong with “I will possess Your Heart” and “The New Year”, getting the crowed exited. Once “Crooked Teeth” came on, thats truly when he crowed started singing there hearts out.
The show had it high fast moments and it sober, sad and slow moments. One of my favorites was when they played “I will Follow You Into The Dark” this beautiful acoustic song only featured front men Benjamin Gibbard singing about following the person you live till death. A beautiful ballad that was made even special by the singing of the crowd. At one point, the band did a cover of The Pixies song “Digging for Fire” with the front woman of Pure Bathing Culture. This wonderful cover followed up with he rest of the set and a 3 song encore: “Passenger Seat”, “A Movie Script Ending”and the eight minute emotional “Transatlanticism”
Death Cab for Cutie is a big well known band. So the opportunity to see them at a small show like the House of Blues is something of a treat. The show was full of good vibes, the audiance was so happy and satisfied to see them. I got into this band around 2003 when my sister was playing there songs none stop. This was only my second time seeing them since 2011 at the Fox Theater in Pomona, Ca. After almost 20 years, Death Cab still perform at a high level. Definitely looking forward to the new album.