Death Cab for Cutie was formed in 1997 in Bellingham, Washington. The band began as a solo project for Ben Gibbard, but expanded into a band when Gibbard added Christopher Walla on electric guitar, Nicholas Harmer on bass, and Nathan Good on drums. In 1998, their first LP, Something About Airplanes
was released. Two years later in 2000, their second album We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes
, and later that year, Nathan Good left the band. Michael Schorr replaced him on drums, and in 2001, The Photo Album
In 2003, the band once again had a member change, with Jason McGerr replacing Michael Schorr on drums. With their new drummer, the band released Transatlanticism
, which became their first album to receive critical acclaim and quickly became the band's top selling album. Songs from this album appeared on Six Feet Under
, and the band performed "Movie Script Ending" and "Title and Registration" on "The O.C. Confidential
" episode of The O.C.
In 2004, the band signed with Atlantic Records, officially leaving their indie label. With their new label, Death Cab released Plans
to critical acclaim, and was nominated for "Best Alternative Album of 2005" at the 2005 Grammy Awards. The first single off of the album, "Soul Meets Body", rose to #5 on the Billboard Charts, becoming their best ranked single.
You Can Play These Songs with Chords (1997)
Something About Airplanes (1999)
You Can Play These Songs with Chords (1999)
We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes (2000)
The Photo Album (2001)
Plans (2005) (certified gold)