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Death Cab for Cutie sings a familiar tune about Amazon, the tech boom and changing Seattle

Ben Gibbard writes and sings recognizable songs as the lead singer of longtime pop stars Death Cab for Cutie. However the first single off the Seattle band’s new album is about how unrecognizable issues have turn into in the metropolis the place the band made its identify.

“Gold Rush,” off the album “Thank You for As we speak” (out Aug. 17), is a familiar tune for anybody who has witnessed what Seattle goes by way of. Gibbard sings about wrecking balls, misplaced haunts, constructions websites and condos.

“Oh, how I really feel like a stranger right here, Looking out for one thing that’s disappeared.

“They’re digging for gold in my neighborhood, For what they are saying is the higher good.

“However all I see is a lengthy goodbye, A requiem for a skyline.”

Initially from Bellingham, Wash., Death Cab has launched eight earlier studio albums. In an interview with NPR’s Bob Boilen, Gibbard mentioned the inspiration for “Gold Rush.”

“Seattle has been reworked into an nearly unrecognizable metropolis over the previous 15 to twenty years with the tech boom and particularly with the rise of Amazon and all the different carpet-bagging tech corporations which have moved into city to type of pilfer workers off of Amazon,” Gibbard stated. “My neighborhood of Capitol Hill, which I’ve lived in for the higher a part of the final 20 years, has undergone some actually speedy modifications, each in the panorama itself — the buildings going up and coming down — but in addition the cultural panorama has modified, as effectively.

“For me what has been the most painful is simply seeing the displacement of each folks of colour and inventive communities from not solely this neighborhood however the metropolis.”

In the video for “Gold Rush,” Gibbard is seen strolling down the road, observing a colourful assortment of oldsters earlier than he ultimately runs up in opposition to a sea of smartphone customers. Spinning on the crowded sidewalk, he can not transfer in opposition to the rising tide.

Artists and musicians are holding on in addition to they’ll, nevertheless it looks as if it’s considerably of a dropping battle,” Gibbard instructed Boilen.

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