Death Cab For Cutie and My Morning Jacket Storytellers Details
VH1 Storytellers: Death Cab For Cutie: "This is the first time I've played a show or felt a time appropriate to tell our stories," explained Death Cab for Cutie lead singer Ben Gibbard while stepping onto the "VH1 Storytellers" stage on April 20th.
The Bellingham, WA natives played a mesmerizing 90 minute set in front of 150 fans at their taping in Culver City, CA. Opening the night up with "The New Year," the band quickly moved on to "Photobooth." While getting into the swing of things, Ben revealed to the crowd "This feels a little bit like being on Oprah. I just haven't talked about a lot this stuff and its bringing up some old s***."
From there the band moved on to the fan favorite, "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" from their 2005 album, "Plans." Gibbard confessed to the audience that he wrote the song in 15 minutes adding that because he wrote it so quickly, he felt as if he "channeled the song. I didn't necessarily 'write' it [the old fashioned way]."
The band also treated the audience to two songs off their new album including the title track "Codes And Keys" and "Stay Young, Go Dancing." Gibbard introduced the latter by saying, "I think as a recently married man, I'm allowed to do a love song."
Throughout the evening the band discussed their lives as musicians and giving up their "idyllic" lives in Bellingham to move to the "big city" of Seattle in hopes of one day making it.
VH1 Storytellers: My Morning Jacket: My Morning Jacket front man Jim James declared "[touring] ain't what like the Beastie Boys promised on the song 'No Sleep Till Brooklyn'!" as they ripped into fan-favorite "One Big Holiday" in front of an intimate 200 member-audience at the taping of "VH1 Storytellers" at Metropolis Studios in New York, NY on February 24, 2011.
The hour-long "VH1 Storytellers" episode will feature the band performing a selection of songs including "Gideon," "Dondante," and a new track, "Wonderful (The Way I Feel)," from their upcoming album.
While introducing "Dondante," an emotional James told the story of the childhood friend who gave him his first guitar, and formed their first band. That friend has since died, but James explained that he was with them on stage in spirit as their boyhood dream came true that night.
James also spoke of hitting the road during the beginning of the band's burgeoning career. Prior to setting out on tour in a new van, James was spending Christmas with his grandmother, who asked James if he would be playing music in bars. When James responded with a yes, his grandmother said that "bars are dark and lonely places," a warning that turned into a key line of the song "Golden."
Several online-exclusive performances from the shows will be available at Storytellers.VH1.com leading up to and following the on-air premieres. The full shows will be available at Storytellers.VH1.com following the on-air premieres.