Death Cab For Cutie has had quite a busy year with the success of Transatlanticism, voter registration tours with Bruce Springsteen, and nods from The O.C.. If all of that wasn’t enough, the band will be finishing out the year by filming a video for “Title and Registration”, the third single from Transatlanticism.
Directed by Patrick Daughters, the man behind the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Maps”, filming will begin December 2 in Brooklyn, NY. According to MTV News, the other members of Death Cab (guitarist Chris Walla, bassist Nick Harmer and drummer Jason McGerr) operate on front man Ben Gibbard, cutting his chest open with an X-Acto knife. Upon making their incisions, they discover that all of his organs are made of paper and bamboo, like deformed Chinese lanterns, and that he is in need of a heart transplant. With the help of some safety scissors, glue and Scotch tape, they manage to replace his tattered paper heart with a vibrantly beating new one.
“Title and Registration” will be the final video Death Cab will make for Barsuk, as they recently signed with Atlantic Records. However, Barsuk will still get to release a live EP recorded on the band's spring tour. MTV News claims that a track list and title have not yet been determined, the EP is due in stores on January 25.
Think the boys are planning on slowing down in the New Year? Think again. They are scheduled to be in the studio starting in February to begin working on the new album. Speaking of 2005 releases related to Death Cab, on February 9, Sub Pop Records will release "We Will Become Silhouettes," the third single from Gibbard's side project, the Postal Service, and this one even has a track list: a brand-new Postal Service song, "Be Still My Heart," plus remixes by Matthew Dear and Styrofoam.