The show at the famously atmospheric London church on December 3rd will see Benjamin perform a selection of material written over the course of his fifteen years in Death Cab for Cutie. He didn’t make his first solo album in search of a new beginning; instead, it closes a door. “These songs span eight years, three relationships, living in two different places, drinking then not drinking” he says of the dozen tracks that comprise Former Lives. “They’re a side story, not a new chapter.”
The first track from Former Lives to make it’s way online, ‘Teardrop Windows’, is about Seattle’s Smith Tower. It began as an unabashed attempt to, in Benjamin’s words, “write a Big Star inspired song,” but quickly morphed into something else entirely. The Smith, built in 1914, was once the jewel of the Seattle skyline but has since been forced out of the frame by the iconic Space Needle and other taller or otherwise attention-grabbing structures. “To me, it represents the things we take for granted when something newer, bigger and flashier comes into our lives,” Benjamin explains.
Download ‘Teardrop Windows’ here:
'Former Lives' pre-order link: http://cityslang.frocksteady.
‘Former Lives’ track list:
- Shepherd’s Bush Lullaby
- Dream Song
- Teardrop Windows
- Bigger Than Love
- Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke)
- Duncan, Where Have You Gone?
- Oh, Woe
- A Hard One To Know
- Lady Adelaide
- Broken Yolk In Western Sky
- I’m Building A Fire
- Nov 29 - Hamburg @ Kulturkirche
- Nov 30 - Berlin @ Passionskirche
- Dec 3 - London @ Union Chapel
- Dec 4 - Brussels @ Orangerie
- Dec 5 - Paris @ Cafe de la Danse