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When Death Cab For Cutie wanted to start working on their new album, Corona put a spoke in their wheel. They couldn't go into the studio together. Nor could they travel because singer Ben Gibbard, bassist Nick Harmer, drummer Jason McGerr and the band's relatively new members, guitarists and keyboardists Dave Depper and Zac Rae, lived in five different cities. So the indie rockers implemented a working model, as Gibbard describes.

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"Monday through Friday are the five working days; there are five of us in the band. So one guy would work on a track on Monday and pass it on." Every day, everyone had to be done with their part. There was no time to think long, Harmer says: "I always had to contribute something convincing, otherwise the flow would be lost."

As a result, the guys kept developing ideas that might never have existed when they worked together in the studio. Always on Friday, the raw mix of a song was ready. Not all of them made it onto the tenth record, Asphalt Meadows, but more than half were created through this collective process. Death Cab For Cutie refined the demos with their producer John Congleton until the eleven tracks of the new album were ready.

That the sound of the quintet has changed once again should not be a surprise, but that has always been the case with them. Their credo is that each album should develop its own character - and as many pieces as possible must ignite on stage. But the band, which has been nominated eight times for the Grammy, has already succeeded in this many times in their long career. That's why the inclined audience can look forward to Death Cab For Cutie's tour next March.

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