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Death Cab Gig Review

As the crowd stretched up past the car park just before the gig began, I saw many eager faces waiting, it was only 7.30 and Death Cab For Cutie weren’t set to start until 9. At that point I remembered back to the last time Death Cab played Rock City and how they were supported by Frightened Rabbit, who after that show, immediately became one of my favourite bands.

So when the support band ‘The Head and The Heart’ came on stage I was of course amongst all the eager faces and it is safe to say, they did not disappoint!
The 6 piece indie folk-pop group were upbeat and had my foot tapping straight away. With a host of percussion instruments, a violin, bass, two acoustic guitars, drums and some fantastic voices they were certainly a worthy warm up for Death Cab. They reminded me in a way of Cassadaga era bright Eyes. They announce that they are from Seattle, Washington and made no mention of their eponymous self titled album currently out on Sub Pop records, so I will for them on here.  Buy it here

Death Cab arrive on stage on time to an enormous cheer, the main hall is packed full now, those stragglers who missed the support band really did miss out. They open with an old song ‘Bend to Squares’ from the Something About Airplanes album. They have a two hour set and it seems they are going to spread all the material from the new album out and keep eveyone entertained by playing loads of old fan favourites.

Fantastic news.

Sometime later after singing my heart out to songs like ‘what sarah said’ (and my personal favourite from Narrow Stairs ‘grapevine fires') the band leave the stage and Ben Gibbard talks to the crowd a little, I remember thinking he is interacting with the crowd more than usual today, he must be enjoying himself. He breaks into ‘I will follow you into the dark’ to an eruption of applause and everybody starts to sing along. I look around and see hundreds of mobile phones pointed towards the stage recording him sing the fan favourite.
The band walk back on stage and the bass line kicks in, we get the full 8 minute version of ‘I will possess your heart’ with the rising and crashing and building of the awesome 4 minute introduction until the lyrics kick in “How I wish you could see the potential, the potential of you and me, it's like a book elegantly bound, but in a language you can't read”.

A few songs later they play ‘meet me on the equinox’ from the Twilight soundtrack, perhaps I am biased as I do not like the films, but when this song was released I thought it to be a disappointment. However, after seeing it played live, I now think it is truely amazing.
They play some more fan favourites ‘title and registration’ ‘soul meets body’ and new song ‘stay young, go dancing’ fits perfectly in with them. 'Cath...' gets dedicated to everyone in the room and everybody at Rock City, Ben tells us that they love playing here and assures us he is "not just saying that" and you know what? I'm inclined to believe him.
They end on ‘Sound of Settling’ and the crowd cheer and chant until they return for the encore. They nail 'title track' (the second oldest song they played after the opener 'bend to squares') then continue with a personal favourite of mine 'expo 86' and finally end with 'transatlanticism'.

Beautiful.

SETLIST:

Bend to Squares
(Something About Airplanes)
The New Year
(Transatlanticism)
We Laugh Indoors
(The Photo album)
Crooked Teeth
(Plans)
Photobooth
(we have the facts and we are voting yes)
Doors Unlocked and Open
(Codes & Keys)
Long Division
(Narrow Stairs)
Grapevine Fires
(Narrow Stairs)
Codes and Keys
(Codes & Keys)
What Sarah Said (Plans)
I Will Follow You Into the Dark (Plans)
I Will Possess Your Heart (Narrow Stairs)
You Are a Tourist
(Codes & Keys)
Underneath the Sycamore
(Codes & Keys)
Meet Me on the Equinox
(Twilight: New Moon OST)
Title and Registration (Transatlanticism)
A Movie Script Ending (The Photo Album)
Soul Meets Body
(Plans)
Stay Young, Go Dancing (Codes & Keys)
Cath...
(Narrow Stairs)
The Sound of Settling (Transatlanticism)

ENCORE:

Portable Television (Codes & Keys)
Title Track (we have the facts and we are voting yes)
Expo '86 (Transatlanticism)
Transatlanticism (Transatlanticism)

 

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DCFC are coming tomorrow!

So this week’s big show is definitely one hell of a big show, Death Cab For Cutie return to Nottingham to play a sell out show as apart of their very limited 3 day UK tour!

The tour coincides with the release of Death Cabs seventh studio album that was released at the end of May called ‘Codes & Keys’. The first single off of the album ‘You are a tourist’ had the first music video to be aired, recorded and released live… all in one take. It was made available to stream through the bands website or on a separate site called www.youareatourist.com

impressive, right?

Just wait till you see them play live, it is phenomenal, check back here tomorrow for an exclusive review, with photo’s and possibly a video of the gig!

Ciao x

Summer is here!

Well hello there you fantastic people

Last Friday was of course our Rock City Foam Party to launch Summer Shack, it was by far the craziest Friday night for a long time!

The venue was filled with foam hungry people partying the night away, among the bubbles with the best of 90’s music, hitting the venues capacity by not long after midnight and queues down the road from 9pm!

We hope all you party animals are looking forward to this weeks Summer Shack, we have a lot lined up for you including a live water fight up on stage from the Love Shack Girls!

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Hey Hey Hey Blasts off

Hey Hey Hey blasted off on Saturday as we gave away two more tickets to the all mighty Sonisphere. The night was rammed full of eager party animals wanting to have a good time and possibly win some tickets! We also introduced a new camera lens into the photographers hands so now all you hey hey hey folk can tag yourselves in some sweet fish eye lens photos.Also we would like to say a big goodbye from Rock City and hey hey hey to DINGO! He has been a regular for many years and definitely had a blast on his last night out in town!

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