Have you heard "Little Bribes," the single from Death Cab's new EP?
Notice anything different? Like, how it's not ostensibly depressing in the least?
The Open Door EP is a tiny collection of four songs that the band felt "didn't really fit" with the rest of what they had created for their last album, Narrow Stairs. So here's how I think things went down:
Ben Gibbard skips into a recording studio where Chris Walla sits.
Chris: Hey Ben.
Ben: Good morning, Chris! What a beautiful day!
Ben: I said it's a beautiful day! Am I right?
Chris: Yeah, sure.
Ben: Good day to make some music, huh? Rock and roll! Let's do it!
Chris: Uh, Ben, are you feeling alright?
Ben: That is so thoughtful of you to ask, Chris, thank you. And no, I'm not feeling "alright."
Chris: Okay, good-
Ben: I'm feeling GREAT!
Chris: Oh boy.
Ben: I've never felt better! I really don't think I've ever been so... so...
Ben: Happy! That's it! Happy! I feel happy Chris, I really truly do!
Ben: And I just want to sing about how good I feel!
Chris: Ben, listen...
Ben: So good! Woo!
Chris: Ben, shut up for one fucking minute!
Ben: Hey! What's with the 'tude, cranky pants?
Chris: This band writes sad songs, okay? Epic feeling-anthems about being alone and miserable. Songs about how women make us want to die under an avalanche of our own insecurities.
Ben: I know that, man. That's our thing, it's not like I've stopped writing like that...
Chris: Dude, are you kidding me? "Little Bribes" is an up-beat song about people falling in love with each other!
Ben: They're in Vegas though. Vegas is sad.
Chris: It's not, Ben. It's dancey and shiny neon lights. Your songs are the opposite of that!
Ben: You know, you've got a point.
Chris: I hate to say it, but your happiness is totally ruining your sound, man.
Ben: Wow. Yeah, I guess I hadn't realized.
Chris: I know.
Ben: I guess I've never not been sad before.
Chris: I know.
Ben: It's just...it's really hard to be sad when you're fucking Zooey Deschanel.
Chris: I can imagine.
Ben: It's just been great, Chris.
Ben: Her inner and outer beauty are completely harmonious.
Chris: You need to stop that.
Chris: Here's what we're gonna do: we'll release these happy-lil-pet-sounds of yours as an EP, and we'll keep the album brooding and melancholy like we always do.
Ben: Great, that sounds great.
Chris: Great. You know, maybe it's time for another side project? Postal Service might be a good outlet for this stuff.
Ben: I've actually been thinking about joining Zooey's band.
Chris: "She and Him?"
Ben: Well, we'd change it to "The Perfect Couple and Him."
Chris: Yeah. Might want to run that one by Ward.