Last Night: Death Cab for Cutie at Verizon Wireless Theater

Categories: Aftermath

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Photos by Marc Brubaker
Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard.
Walking up to Verizon Wireless Theater last night, we ran into a crowd of cigarette-puffing couples and soccer moms with tattoos waiting in line to see Death Cab For Cutie. The crowd proceeded to form lines to grab $10 beers and pile into the balcony and general admission standing area. At exactly 9 p.m. the red stage lights flickered and Death Cab opened with the album version of "I Will Posses Your Heart."

The audience in the balcony area gave a soft cheer but stayed put in their seats as the band took the stage. The onlookers in the general admission barely budged the entire eight minutes and thirty seconds of "I Will Posses Your Heart." Lead vocalist Ben Gibbard sat behind a keyboard in a red plaid shirt as he belted out the lyrics.

About four songs later and twenty minutes into the set, Gibbard finally addressed the arena saying, "What's going on Houston, we're Death Cab For Cutie and it feels good to be back here."

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Photos by Marc Brubaker
Death Cab then launched into few songs from the band's latest album Codes and Keys, including "Doors Unlocked." The audience still seemed to be half sleeping with the exception of one guy in a tank top who was making his very own version of Michael Jackson moves. There was definitely enough room in the standing area for anyone to put on a one-man dance show.

Even Gibbard observed how dull the crowd was. "Come on Houston I know it's Monday, it is Monday right?" he said. "We've been touring for the last month so everyday feels like Friday to me."

The band woke up the audience up a bit with a few hands claps during "Grapevine Fires" before Gibbard was left alone on stage for his acoustic performance of "Follow You Into The Dark." The stage lights went out except for one spotlight shining on Gibbbard. The audience seemed to be in an hypnotic trance. "Every time I do this song and they leave the stage, I always think that maybe they won't come back and I'll have to finish the show by myself," Gibbard joked.

The band returned with the hit "The New Year" and the crowd finally came alive. Couples were making out, one woman danced like a ballerina and a guy started to pop lock. Gibbard's hair was dripping with sweat an hour into the show and he mentioned the lack of air conditioning. "It's way too hot in here. I'm from Seattle and I love it below 65 at all times," he said with a nervous chuckle.

About thirty people left at the end of the set around 10:40 p.m, but cheers erupted moments later when the band emerged for its encore with "Stay Young, Go Dancing" from Codes and Keys.

Just before "Transatlanticism," the final song of the night, Gibbard asked, "Can you guys help us settle a bet? Are there still shows happening at Numbers?" The crowd roared and Gibbard smiled as if he won.

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Tn_rx
Tn_rx

Sedated crowd? Yes. Soccer moms? No. More like a roomful of 20-something boyfriends who were forced by their girlfriends to take them to the concert or else they wouldn't get laid.

I've been to my share of boisterous concerts and this was the worst crowd I've ever seen. Girls were afraid to do more than an occassional twirl as if it was too much effort while their boyfriends stood there trying no to appear bored, or whipped, or both. Idiots.

Was it just me or did I actually catch a few dirty looks from a coupla chicks as I swayed thru "Grapevine Fires" and just about every other song.

One girl I stood next to kept apologizing to everyone each time she cheered for the band. It went like this: "Whooo! I love you Death Cab!....Ooops, sorry." "Sing Cath.....Sorry!" "This song's my favorite!!..Oops, sorry!"

WTF Death Cab fans??? Since when did people have to apologize for cheering for the band at a concert? What, too many young emo's in da house?? Maybe they should've sang "Stay Home, go dancing" because that's what these stupid kids should've done....Ooops, Sorry!

DCFC Fan
DCFC Fan

Code and Keys translates excellent live, probably their most live friendly album. And boy we were lucky to have had a 2 HOUR SETLIST, I got a good perspective of how many well known non single songs they have. DCFC are aging well to say the least.

Rainbow Rhapsody
Rainbow Rhapsody

i was there and that is EXACTLY what happened.. lol.

but im suprised I wasnt overheard SCREAMING my head of from the grand tier.

Paco
Paco

Perhaps the reviewer was in the balcony, a woman next to me started dancing and during a quiet part of the song expounded to all of us trying to enjoy the music that she was really embarrassed for Houston. From the look on his face I think the only one embarrassed was her (soon to be ex) boyfriend.   It didn’t look like she was taking notes so to write the review from memory is impressive. PS. Her dancing made Ben look like Justin Timberlake…

Davemelbourne58
Davemelbourne58

Excellent review. Death Cab for Cutie put on a decent show last night, but I would hardly call them one of those "must see/edgy/dynamic live bands".  High energy, they're not. Telekinesis, the opening act, WAS a high energy band, and were having a lot of fun playing their set.  They wanted to win me over, and they did.   Death Cab for Cutie sounded like they were playing on auto-pilot last night.  Not really a bad show... just kinda average in my opinion.  We all have nights like that.  Hopefully they'll come back through and blow me away next time.  Too bad the Press didn't see Lindsey Buckingham play the Verizon Theater on Sunday night. That guy knows how to put on a show and work a guitar.

Meredith
Meredith

I was close to the stage too, and there was plenty of energy! It was a terrific concert! The reviewer must have been in the balcony, because I've been in the seated area at one of their shows before, and the crowd was pretty subdued.

Chris G.
Chris G.

The crowd was hypnotized. Not really music to dance to. I think on the Friday/Monday comment he was thanking the crowd for coming out on a Monday and then said they try to make every day seem like a Friday except that people had to work the next day...What was the song that Gibbard played drums on? Also really like Telekenisis, did ya get there for that?

autumn
autumn

can we talk about how skinny ben looks these days? i miss chubby with glasses numbers-era ben.

Mugen
Mugen

Was the reviewer bored hanging out in the balcony only?  I was near the front stage and agree with the photographer about the energetic crowd.  Great show, great pics, sucky review

Rainbow Rhapsody
Rainbow Rhapsody

I agree. this is not a very good review. but the concert was my most amazing experience.

were you there? I was in the grand tier.. and screaming my head off and yelling every single lyric.

KING
KING

Regardless of how the show went, this is one of the worse reviews I've read on Houston Press. Just a mess.

WB
WB

Make up your mind is it $9 or $10 for a beer. Is it more or is it less? You obviously didn't buy one cause you can't report what the price was exactly.

Chris D
Chris D

9 bucks or 10 bucks...It's too damn high for that watered down shit you get at Verizon...

Marc Brubaker
Marc Brubaker

To be fair - it's not all crappy beer. Yes, we pay 10 bucks for a Shiner, but it's 32 ounces.

Neba Nebet
Neba Nebet

Kind of sorry I missed this one.

Marc Brubaker
Marc Brubaker

The crowd I saw was rapt with attention, snapping photos or shooting video with their phones, singing along. Gibbard bounced around through the whole set, and there was plenty of energy.

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