Q&A With Chris Walla

Today your regular bloggers have been replaced by Ben, Chris, Nick, and Jason of Death Cab For Cutie. The band’s new album Narrow Stairs is out now. DCFC are not professional bloggers, so please send them tips.

By Chris Walla
Thanks for the e-mails everyone. I’m getting to as many as I can. Y’all rawk, and et cetera. This question came in from Chelsea, from a land I know not.

From: Chelsea Byrd
Date: Tue, May 20, 2008 at 1:03 PM
Subject: A question
To: [email protected]

First of all, I must say that I am rather excited that all of you are taking over stereogum for the day! Secondly, congratulations on a KICK ASS album; I bought it May 13, and I cannot stop listening to it {I really love “Grapevine Fires” and the rawness of “Talking Bird”–good production call, Chris!}

On to my question: I was watching the studio video recording of “Long Division” and I noticed that on the keyboard Chris kept two polaroid pictures… What are the of? What is their significance?

Holla back! ;o)
Peace n’ love,

Happy you’re enjoying the album Chelsea – thank you.

Our photographer friend Ryan Russell came up from Birmingham, Alabama to shoot that in-studio thing we did. Those are two Polaroids from his town. We haven’t spent all that much time down there, but I’d like to go back. Sticky heat.

Post more questions in the comments. I can answer them.

UPDATE: Another question:

From: bionic bigfoot
Date: Tue, May 20, 2008 at 2:23 PM
Subject: Questions for the band
To: [email protected]

Ben- Will “Casino Blues” or the so-called “Lovely Affair” song about death ever see the light of day
Chris-Not so much a question, but a comment–you have the best hair in rock
Nick-Rumor has it you are quite the geek. What summer blockbusters are you looking forward to? Any new comics we should be checking out? Have you seen “Being Human” yet? It’s a BBC drama about a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost who live together. Supernatural hijinks ensue. Seek it out via Youtube.
Jason-Who is your favorite drummer, and why

Embarrasing bonus question (for Nick and Jason) – We all know you like the ladies, but how does it feel to be sex symbols in the gay bear community?

Keep up the amazing work guys!

Thanks again for all the questions. Short answers:

  • “Casino Blues” might surface.

  • Kim Namanny at 220 does my hair.

  • Nick’s response is coming…

  • Two of Jason’s sixty-six favorite drummers are Lee Harris and Jim Keltner.

Bears… Wild and strong, mysterious like thieves and pastry chefs.