On October 16, Death Cab For Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard will release his first ever solo album, Former Lives, an album made up of songs that were written a while ago but just hadn’t found a home yet. It’s hard to imagine that out of all of Gibbard’s many projects, he couldn’t find a place for these songs –– it might be natural to assume that these tunes may be nothing more than cutting room scraps repackaged and presented as must-hear Ben Gibbard music. In a recent interview with Stereogum, the singer cleared the air: “They’re not songs that weren’t good enough to make Death Cab records as much as they were things that … well, there’s not really place on a Death Cab record for a song that sounds like Big Star or Teenage Fanclub. It’s not what we do.”
Okay, fair enough. We can see what he means when we listen to “Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke),” a highlight from Former Lives. We really can’t see it on a Death Cab album.