New Death Cab For Cutie – “A Diamond And A Tether” (Stereogum Premiere)

The next stop on our track-a-day premiere of Death Cab’s new Narrow Stairs companion Open Door EP is, fittingly, Track Two. And it’s a stark shift from the happy jangle of EP opener “Little Bribes.” Ben’s scene-setting lyric: “Pity, take pity on me / ‘Cause I’m not half the man I should be / Always turning to run from the people I should not be afraid of.” Aww. Walla’s production touches bloom in the hook and more so in the second verse, turning this simple and lovely strummer into a tender confession of wimpiness. Think open-air summer shows, with as many cellphones waving back and forth as recording the moment for YouTube.

The Open Door EP is available digitally on 3/31, physical release to follow, via Atlantic. You’ll be able to buy it on deathcabforcutie.com or pre-order now at iTunes.

The songs:
01 “Little Bribes
02 “A Diamond And A Tether”
03 “My Mirror Speaks”
04 “I Was Once a Loyal Lover”
05 “Talking Bird” (demo)

The tour dates:
04/05 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Sound Academy
04/07 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre *#
04/08 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall *#
04/09 – Davidson, NC @ John Belk Arena/Davidson College *#
04/10 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace *#
04/11 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre *#
04/12 – Tulsa, OK @ The Brady Theater *#
04/13 – Omaha, NE @ Holland Theatre *
04/15 – St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkings Auditorium *#
04/17 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom *#
04/18 – East Lansing, MI @ Breslin Events Center/Michigan State University *#
04/19 – Waukesha, WI @ Van Male Fieldhouse/Carroll College *#
04/22 – Bellingham, WA @ Mount Baker Theatre #
04/24 – Spokane, WA @ McCarthey Athletic Center/Gonzaga University *#
04/25 – Boise, ID @ The Morrison Center *#
04/27 – Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium *#
04/29 – La Jolla, CA @ RIMAC Arena/UC San Diego *
05/01 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall #!
05/02 – New Orleans, LA @ Contemporary Arts Center !
05/04 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium #!
05/05 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Concert Hall #!
05/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre #!
05/07 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
07/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl ^%
07/11 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre @#
07/14 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre @#
07/16 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Pacific Coliseum %#
07/17 – Troutdale, Oregon @ Edgefield Amphitheatre %#
07/18 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park %#

* with Cold War Kids
# with Ra Ra Riot
! with Matt Costa
^ with Tegan and Sara
% with New Pornographers
@ with Andrew Bird