[Celebrity] is a strange way of living one’s life.” Even without the added limelight from Gibbard’s relationship with Deschanel, Death Cab have achieved their own recognition over the course of eight beloved albums.
However, with the increasing accessibility of new music and an over-saturated market, Gibbard says the band has reached a happy medium.
“The person I’m singing to is an amalgamation of people I came across living in Los Angeles,” he said.
“Being around people in entertainment who are fairly well-known, I noticed all these neuroses and psychoses.” Specifically, Gibbard says he wrote the song, “Good Help (Is So Hard to Find),” from “a point of biting empathy.
The following year, the band released its debut album, Something About Airplanes (1998), on Barsuk Records, and released its follow-up, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, in 2000. He completed a solo tour through the US in the spring of 2007 that featured David Bazan of Pedro the Lion and singer-songwriter Johnathan Rice.
Gibbard was born in Bremerton, Washington, where he spent his formative years, during the time of the grunge music explosion in the early 1990s. Gibbard became engaged to actress and musician Zooey Deschanel in 2008.
“This wouldn’t have happened 20 years ago,” he explained. In the ‘90s, if I wanted to buy weird music, I had to take a ferry to Seattle. You give people all these choices, and there’s an audience for weird.” “We’re on a major label, we have a platinum record — all the standards of success,” he added.
According to Us Weekly, Gibbard and Deschanel -- who began dating in 2008 and wed in Seattle, Wash.The last time he sent a message to his wife was September 11th, when he re-tweeted Deschanel's New York magazine cover story and wrote: 'Check out this amazing article about my lovely wife! Of course, Gibbard isn’t exactly doling out specifics, but he admits that his inspiration should be “fairly obvious.” “I’m not going to change the way I’ve always written for fear of people correctly or incorrectly assigning a name and face to these songs,” Gibbard said in an interview with as a reflection on Gibbard and Deschanel’s three-year marriage, the Death Cab singer-songwriter says it deals more generally in the strangeness of celebrity and fame.The band's first record since 2011's somewhat glazed-over "Codes and Keys," it opens with "No Room in Frame," in which the singer asks an unnamed ex, "Was I in your way when the cameras turned to face you?" Other songs mention an ingénue battling the passage of time and "a dumpster in the driveway of all the plans that came undone."Yet Gibbard's divorce isn't the only breakup reflected on in "Kintsugi," whose title refers to an ancient Japanese technique for repairing broken pottery.While performing guitar in the band Pinwheel, Gibbard recorded a demo cassette under the moniker Death Cab for Cutie, entitled You Can Play These Songs with Chords (1997).After receiving a positive response to the material, Gibbard expanded the project into a full band, with the addition of Chris Walla (guitar), Nick Harmer (bass) and Nathan Good (drums).Gibbard says that in writing the group's new album, "Kintsugi" he wasn't interested in creating "a tell-all or a kiss-off or anything like that." (Mike Kane / For The Times) Ben Gibbard never thought he'd find himself where he did at the end of 2012.The boyish frontman of Seattle's Death Cab for Cutie had spent the previous decade and a half establishing a reputation as one of the most sensitive — and hardest-working — figures in American indie rock.I understand that’s where faith comes into play." Gibbard is an activist for gay rights and wrote an article in The Daily Beast voicing why this issue is important to him.He stated that when his lesbian sister got married, that it was "the most beautiful thing" he had ever seen.