hmv.com reviews... Death Cab For Cutie @ London's Shepherd's Bush Empire
Death Cab For Cutie finished their three night stand at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire last night (June 10th) and we were there to review it...
Death Cab For Cutie, purveyors of heartswelling rock and wondrous songs, promoting their new album Kintsugi, which you can preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page.
London's Shepherd's Bush Empire, the grand old theatre in the corner of West London.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Sold out, not a seat or place to stand to be had anywhere.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
This was an epic set, two hours, 24 songs, all the hits and plenty of cuts from Kintsugi. Kicking off with new album opener 'No Room In Frame', the set saw the band delivering the full-career spanning set, rocky ones like 'Black Sun' and 'No Sunlight', incredible stripped back numbers like 'I Follow You Into The Dark', which sees singer Ben Gibbard turning the venue into one enormous choir, the groove-laden 'You Are A Tourist', which got everybody moving. They ended their first set with a powerhouse rendition of the epic 'I Will Possess Your Heart' before returning for a four-song encore that finished with a rousing rendition of fan favourite 'Transatlanticism'.
Any good between song banter?
Not really, one heartfelt speech and lots of thank yous. To be fair, the band managed to work their way through 24 songs, you can't do that if you're offering up much banter.
Did they put on much of a show?
Some nice lights and a big backdrop, but Death Cab shows are all about the music.
What was the highlight of the set?
There were loads, but a spellbinding 'I Will Follow You Into The Dark' and a groove-filled 'You Are A Tourist' were particularly brilliant.
Where can I catch them next?
They've got lots of European festivals coming up, including Glastonbury and they're back in November for a full UK tour. You can buy tickets for that here.