Death Cab For Cutie‘s frontman Ben Gibbard announced the release of his debut solo effort Former Lives, along with an accompanying North American solo tour kicking off in Big Sur, California in late September.

While many fans have been anticipating a follow-up to Gibbard’s 2003 Give Up album with Jimmy Tamborello as Postal Service, Gibbard’s solo record contains songs he’s written over the course of the last eight years.

The Seattle indie-rocker explained in a recent interview that these weren’t left over songs but just ideas that didn’t work on recent Death Cab For Cutie albums.

Former Lives pre-ordering is now available in various special editions at Preview the first single “Teardrop Windows” below.

Former Lives
is slated for release October 15th via Barsuk Records.


  1. Shepherd’s Bush Lullaby
  2. Dream Song
  3. Teardrop Windows
  4. Bigger Than Love
  5. Lily
  6. Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke)
  7. Duncan, Where Have You Gone?
  8. Oh, Woe
  9. A Hard One to Know
  10. Lady Adelaide
  11. Broken Yolk in Western Sky
  12. I’m Building a Fire

Gibbard will embark on a North American tour beginning September 26th in Big Sur, CA, ending mid-November in Portland, OR. Full details and ticket links are available on his website.

Sep 26    Henry Miller Library, Big Sur, CA
Oct 14    The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Canada
Nov 01    Assembly Hall at the Women’s Club, Minneapolis, MN
Nov 02    Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago, IL
Nov 04    Somerville Theater, Somerville, MA
Nov 05    Town Hall, New York, NY
Nov 07    Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
Nov 08    Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Washington, DC    Sold Out
Nov 10    Haw River Ballroom, Graham, NC
Nov 11    Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
Nov 13    Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Nov 14    Wilshire Ebell, Los Angeles, CA
Nov 16    The Showbox, Seattle, WA    Sold Out
Nov 18    Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
— Bradford Hornsby, Live105 San Francisco



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