We’ve already heard the new Death Cab For Cutie single “You Are A Tourist,” but what’s been really making headlines is the format the song’s music video is taking: a live, scripted, single-take clip that will be broadcast on the internet at the same time as it’s being filmed. But that’s not all - apparently the band is also planning a meticulous and complicated assortment of visual effects and movement. “I liken it to a 5-year-old trying to explain their trip to Disneyland,” frontman Ben Gibbard told MTV. “It’s sensory overload, so there’s a lot of things happening, and trying to kind of walk anybody through it would be very difficult. But there are lights and dancers, and smoke and projections, and it’s gonna be kind of a little bit of a Busby Berkeley-type of spectacle.”
The band has released a handful of teasers for the video, featuring such moments as bassist Nick Hammer about to play Frogger in traffic, Gibbard buying as much Clamato as he can, and drummer Jason McGerr about to take a fall, among others. We’ve got three below, along with the streaming video link for the event itself, which is happening today at 4 P.M. Pacific time. You can watch it right here at KEXP.
In even more Gibbard-related news, the Death Cab frontman is contributing two new songs to the soundtrack for the upcoming Warner Bros. film Arthur, starring Russell Brand and Helen Mirren. Below we’ve got a stream of one of the songs, “When the Sun Goes Down.”
Arthur is out April 8th.
Codes and Keys is out May 31 on Atlantic.