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Death Cab goes classical at Kleinhans

blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

It was a little startling when Washington State’s Death Cab for Cutie announced that it would play Kleinhans instead of the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, but the band’s current string infatuation makes the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s usual stomping grounds a logical location.

The allure of arena-worthy pop/rock blended with the strings of Magik*Magik Orchestra has already sold out tonight’s show at Kleinhans, an appropriately intimate venue to showcase the finely crafted music created by vocalist/guitarist/former Zooey Deschanel squeeze Ben Gibbard’ and company on their most recent record, the 2011 album Codes and Keys.

BlogTO reviewed Death Cab’s Saturday night show in Toronto, offering mixed reviews.

“...Other parts of the set, particularly tracks from their most recent studio albums, fell flat as the sound mix left the strings nearly inaudible and emphasis was left on the melodic force of the band, which didn’t compensate for expectation reached through the set’s few transcendent moments.

Adam Kamin, the author of BlogTO’s review, did acknowledge some positives from the weekend show, noting the band’s willingness to interact with the crowd.

The rhythm section of bassist Nick Harmer and drummer Jason McGerr provided a steady backbeat while Gibbard and Walla took turns swapping guitars and a shared rig of keyboards. Both bantered with the crowd and each other, much to the audible excitement of the hall’s occupants.

As long as the sound mix is balanced well enough to avoid burying the strings, Death Cab for Cutie should put on a dynamically chill performance Tuesday night at Buffalo’s string capital.

Photo credit: Mahina Gannet from DeathCabforCutie.com

TAGGED: ben gibbard, concerts, death cab for cutie, kleinhans music hall, magik*magik orchestra

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