With music festivals being canceled and venues closed during the coronavirus outbreak, fans are yearning for some live music while they self-quarantine. Thankfully, many artists are turning to the internet to continue to reach their fans.
Yesterday, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard announced that he'll be livestreaming daily concerts from his home studio every afternoon at 4:00 PM PST for the next few weeks. Via the band's social media channels, he writes:
I know you are all really freaked out right now. I am too. And while I’m proud that we’re all doing the necessary things at the moment to help flatten the curve, I know it has left us all incredibly isolated.
But because we’re all going through this nightmare together we are quite literally NOT alone. Our lives and stories are all linked, maybe more now than they have ever been.
Be it with DCFC, Postal Service, or solo I have always been grateful for the honor you have bestowed upon us by choosing to congregate en masse around our music. Some of you have traveled great distances and/or shelled out large sums of money to see us play and that has never been lost on me. So in this crazy and unprecedented time, I’d like to return the favor by coming to YOU.
For the next few weeks I will be playing songs everyday from my home studio. We will be streaming on Facebook at 4pm PST daily. We’re still working out the details but I’m hoping to take some requests and maybe even have a guest or two stop by digitally. The first show will be tomorrow. It will assuredly be a little wonky and glitchy but we’re gonna do our best.
See You Tomorrow.
Watch below via YouTube or over on the band's Facebook page. Fans have already begun to share their requests in the chat and comments sections.
Check out an emotional track from their upcoming release The Blue EP, out September 6th.
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Recorded with the late Richard Swift and released over the weekend on a 7" for Record Store Day, the song has made its way online