Last night at Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, British Columbia, Chris Walla, the longtime guitarist in Death Cab for Cutie, played his final show with the band.
By Jacob Engels
Aside from Bright Eyes, no other band has effected me more during my formative years and still in the present day as much as Death Cab for Cutie has. Over the summer, many were shocked when guitarist Chris Walla announced he was leaving DCFC and moving on to another stage in his musical career. As a longtime fan, this was a tough moment – but I ultimately understood his reasoning for moving on.
Video has surfaced of the last track performed at that show, “Marching Bands of Manhattan”. “Thank you so much for the last 17 years, Chris,” said Ben Gibbard. It’s an emotional moment that ends with a group hug; watch below via Stereogum.
Walla will appear on their eighth album, which was recorded with Rich Costey (Interpol, Fiona Apple). It will be released in early 2015. “I will miss being a quarter of this band, and will support whatever course Death Cab for Cutie chooses from here,” he wrote. “I am profoundly grateful to Ben, Nick, and Jason, for the experiences that define my adult life. Truly grateful, beyond words. Thank you.”
Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org