Death Cab For Cutie - You Are A Tourist

We heard the first (and title) track from Death Cab For Cutie’s upcoming Codes And Keys, and learned about the making of the record through a Progress Report with bassist Nick Harmer. Now you can hear another sample from the album, called “You Are A Tourist.”


(via Seattle station 107.7 The End where you can also listen to an interview DJ Andrew Harms did with Harmer (The 2011 Harms/Harmer debates))

Codes And Keys is out 5/31. Here’s that track list again:
01 “Home Is A Fire”
02 “Codes And Keys”
03 “Some Boys”
04 “Doors Unlocked And Open”
05 “You Are A Tourist”
06 “Unobstructed Views”
07 “Monday Morning”
08 “Portable Television”
09 “Underneath The Sycamore”
10 “St “Peter’s Cathedral”
11 “Stay Young, Go Dancing”

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    • Guess it’s just me?

      • I’m still pretty nostalgic, and I’m hoping for a return to form. I can see how you could be apathetic though.

      • I totally agree. My nostalgia keeps me listening every time they put something new out, but none of it sticks. This has a nice riff…hmm.

        • ah man guys I don’t understand this. Before Transatlanticism Death Cab sounded like a thousand other indie/emo bands. This new song is pretty sweet. I’m glad they’ve embraced stardom

        • I’ve just lost interest, I guess. This song doesn’t do much for me, even for nostalgia’s sake.

          • I’d guess that you have changed more the them… or rather your taste in music. They have changed to, but probably not as much as your tastes.

            The whole musical experience would be pretty bad if we all still like the same music we liked pre 2003.

          • You’ve got to enjoy bands for what they are now, not for what they used to be. I was thinking the same about Bright Eyes’ latest album, without even realizing that what was making their music sound bad wasn’t the music in itself but my expectations.

  2. This far exceeds my expectations. Good ol’ fashioned indie rock.

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  4. This bitch leaked, ladies.

  5. wait… you guys don’t like this??

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    • This is a joke, right?

      • @umm, no it isn’t a direct joke.. but indirectly yes, because it’s some guy trying to be all hipster-cool because he knows a couple songs off of Something About Airplanes.. haha

        • I am confused? Am i the “guy trying to be all hipster-cool”?

          If I am, then I’ll clarify: I have heard several interviews with Chris Walla and Ben Gibbard remarking on the fact they they will probably be most known for “I will follow you into the Dark”… and how comical it is that Chris and the rest of the band never added anything to the production or song writing. They didn’t even want the song released, it was pushed out by the record label.

          I will retract my statement about it being their worst song… that is obviously not true.

          If I am not the “guy trying to be all hipster-cool”… then ignore the comment above.

        • So, wait. THIS is a joke, too, right??

  7. I like it. :)

  8. This is such a good DCFC song. Even though they became popular with the masses, I can’t say I was ever worried about them selling out. A great song from great indie heroes.

  9. Seems like they are going bigger on this one. Sounds more stadium ready.

  10. Loving the guitar riff and beat – groovy! Nothing super awesome, but its a solid / safe lead off track from DCFC… Stoked for May 31st! Still pissed that Mr. Gibbard stole Zooey away from me though

  11. I think this is damn good and catchy as hell. I can’t believe there are some people still complaining that Death Cab has decided not to remake “We Have the Facts” a billion times. This is smart pop music. Same as it ever was.

    • Speaking for myself, I wouldn’t complain that they didn’t remake We Have The Facts, but I’m still bummed out with everything they’ve put out after Transantlanticism. I can complain that it seems to lack the things I enjoyed about them back then.

      So, would I want them to “rewrite” their better albums and songs? No. But would I appreciate something that at least reminded me why I used to listen to them in the first place? Absolutely.

      • @Umm–I absolutely, completely agree with you.

        It seems oftentimes people bemoan criticism of bands by dismissing it, saying that those people just can’t stand to see a band evolve and try new things. But for myself, that couldn’t be further from the truth. I expect most bands to do that.

        But when I get disappointed in a band’s music it’s not because I am inherently against change; it’s because I feel their new music simply is of a lesser quality than what they’ve put out before. I love when bands take unexpected left turns stylistically (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, AnCo, of Montreal, Radiohead … the list could go on and on), but I don’t love when I think the quality of their music has declined.

  12. I enjoy it, and I’m hopeful for the new album. But it sounds disturbingly similar to that terrible Linkin Park song that’s always on the radio.

  13. I’ve never really been a fan of this band, but this is a great song.

  14. This is fantastic. I love Death Cab. They’re consistently poetic.
    It shouldn’t matter if it’s “mainstream” or not, it’s good music. It always will be. And, good music is supposed to appeal to the masses, isn’t it? I’d much rather have a billion people listening to Death Cab for Cutie than some Ke$ha number about how much glitter she found in awkward places after a night out. Long live quality music, and long live Death Cab!

  15. There’s something about the vocals that doesn’t seem quite right, but otherwise I like it.

  16. After that crap Radiohead put out a few weeks ago, this sounds like gold compared to that. Did anybody not listen to their last album? It had really good songs on it. And face it, they’re not going to remake We Have The Facts a billion times because people grow up…I know it sucks to hear, but they do. Listen to this song very carefully now…hear the drumming? Hear the guitar riff? That’s nice…don’t eff it up.

  17. I’m very happy with this. This is the closest they’ve come to capturing the kind of guitar work on The Photo Album. Let’s get nostalgic.

    • Couldn’t agree more.
      The Photo Album is still and probably will always be my favorite album of all time. It was the first one that opened me to the world of indie. shortly followed by Radiohead’s “The Bends” and Modest Mouse’s “Good News for People Who Love Bad News”
      DCfC are still relavent, but more importantly, still talented musicians making great music.

  18. woozefa  |   Posted on Mar 28th, 2011 +3

    my favorite album by them is ‘we have the facts and we’re voting yes.’ i haven’t really liked anything much by them since ‘transatlanticism.’ that said, i really, really like this track. perfect song for this time of year.

  19. i really don’t understand the cynical, worried comments. every death cab record has been good and they all sound pretty much alike. why would this record end up any differently?

    • “every death cab record has been good and they all sound pretty much alike.”

      The adage “agree to disagree” has never been more appropriate than right here. They’ve had a very distinct transformation on each album.

      This song is fine, but it can’t hold a candle to We Have The Facts/Forbidden Love/Photo Album era stuff. I’m still going to listen eagerly to the full album, hoping to find something to love, but I’ve stopped expecting it a long time ago.

      • @Umm–While I agree that those three albums are, hands down, their best works so far, this song far exceeded my post-”Transatlanticism” expectations for them.

        I am very unexpectedly looking forward to this album now.

  20. Speak for yourself man. I thought it was outstanding

  21. this song is already in my head and it hasn’t finished playing for the first time… i’d say they have something here.

  22. excellent from death cab as per usual

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  24. The first legitimately catchy song of the year. There have been better written songs in 2011 but nothing yet has been able to get stuck in your head this easily.

  25. Really glad to see so much love for “We Have The Facts.” It’s the first album I got by them and has been a personal favorite of mine for a long, long time, but I’ve thought for a while that it’s been overlooked by a whole lot of people. (“The Photo Album” and “Forbidden Love” are, of course, great as well.)

  26. Awesome!

  27. It’s not crazy different from what they’ve always done, but I think I like that.

  28. so awesome. i love the evolution of the sound. theyve come a long way. not necessarily better than transatlanticism, but entirely different. and that is awesome.

  29. I’m with you.

    Guess I could always give them another chance sometimes.

  30. th music of (DCFC) always keep me alive and keep my heart smile..
    i hope someday i they came in Philippines to perform..

  31. Um, not super awesome. I’m concerned, because Home is a Fire got me all excited… and now I realize like… Hm. Transatlanticism was something special and I thought maybe we were returning to that. I hear this, though, as less a return to strong writing and more an echo of what I feel is the frat-boy love song shit that a guy can get away with quoting and sounding “indie” to his swoony girlfriend. Maybe the album will have a nice flow and maybe not. Maybe it will be good… and maybe it will be another Plans with less guitar. I’m not saying I want another Transatlanticism. That would be silly, and I don’t. But I want that freshness and intelligence… and I’m afraid we won’t see that here.
    Time will tell!

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