Benjamin Gibbard

  • Aired:  01/10/13
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The lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie discusses his relatively universal solo album, "Former Lives." (3:44)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS AN INDIE FAVORITE WITH A NEW SOLO ALBUM CALLED FORMER LIVES.

I'LL ASK HIM QUESTIONS LEFTOVER FROM FORMER GUESTS.

PLEASE WELCOME BENJAMIN GIBBARD.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HEY, NICE TO MEET YOU.

THANKS FOR COMING ON.

I WANT TO GET STRAIGHT IT'S BENJAMIN GIBBARD, RIGHT?

>> YEAH, OR BEN.

>> Stephen: I WAS SPECIFICALLY TOLD WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE CALLED BENJAMIN GIBBARD?

WHY THE SHIFT?

>> BENJAMIN LOOKS NICER ON AN ALBUM THAN BEN.

SEEMS A LITTLE MORE FORMAL.

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW WHAT IS FORMAL, A TIE, A SHAVE.

STAND CLOSER TO THE RAZOR TOMORROW.

>> I'M FROM SEATTLE THIS IS --

>> Stephen: AS FORMAL AS YOU GET.

>> FORMAL WARE WHERE I COME FROM.

>> Stephen: PEOPLE YOU KNOW FROM THE DEATH CAB FROM CUTIE, THE POAFSAL SERVICE.

HUGE INDY BAND.

MUST BE I'M OVER 27 AND I KNOW WHAT IT IS.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WHY GO OUT ON YOUR OWN?

ARE THESE -- THE DEATH CABS ARE WEEPING SOME PLACE?

>> NO, I THINK.

>> Stephen: DID YOU BREAK UP?

>> THEY ARE DOING JUST FINE.

I'M A SONG WRITER.

I FIND MYSELF WITH MORE SONGS THAN THE BAND CAN RECORD AND I FOUND MYSELF WITH ENOUGH SONGS

TO MAKE A RECORD AND I DECIDED TO DO MY OWN THING.

>> Stephen: THEY ARE EXTRAS.

>> THESE ARE ALL TOP OFFS.

>> Stephen: THIS IS PRINCE THROWS ONE OVER HERE AND OVER THERE.

IT WOULD BE A BETTER RECORD IF IT WAS LIKE PRINCE.

>> Stephen: IT'S REALLY GOOD.

I HEARD THE SONG YOU ARE GOING TO DO TONIGHT CALLED BIGGER THAN LOVE.

>> WITH MISS AIMEE MANN.

>> Jon: I WAS GOING TO SURPRISE THE AUDIENCE THAT SHE WAS HERE BUT YOU GO AHEAD AND HOST.

OKAY.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THIS ALBUM, AS YOU SAID THEY WERE WRITTEN OVER THE COURSE OF HOW MANY YEARS?

>> SEVEN OR EIGHT YEARS.

>>.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

ANY WORRY THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE OBSOLETE IN ANYWAY?

IS THERE A PETS.COM REFERENCE?

>> I TRY TO WRITE SONGS THAT DEAL WITH RELATIVELY UNIVERSAL THEMES.

SO THE IDEA THAT COULD YOU PUT IT ON AT ANY POINT AND IT WOULD RESONATE IN SOME BAY.

>> Stephen: AS LONG AS PEOPLE STILL SPEAK ENGLISH.

THOUSANDS OF NOW THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO LISTEN TO IT.

>> THE RECORD IS PREDICATED UPON THAT FACT, THAT IS TRUE.

YES.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Stephen: MMM-HMM.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU LIKE TO DO?

OTHER THAN MUSIC, WHAT DO YOU LIKE DOING BENJAMIN?

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> I LIKE TO --

>> Stephen: DO WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT MUSIC?

>> WE CAN TALK ABOUT SOMETHING

>> Stephen: WHATEVER YOUR AGENDA IS, LET'S DO IT.

>> I DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER INTERESTS OR HOBBIES.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Stephen: WELL, THEN LET'S -- THEN WE'RE DONE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WE TALKED ABOUT THE ALBUM.

WE ASKED YOU ABOUT DEATH CAB FOR CUTISM YOU BLUTE WHOLE AIMEE MANN THING.

ALL CAN I DO IS THANK YOU AND ASK YOU TO DO A SONG.

THAT'S REALLY ALL I HAVE TO OFFER.

I SHOULD PROBABLY DO THAT WE SHOULD PROBABLY MOVE ON TO THAT.

>> Stephen: BENJAMIN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING AMERICA ALBUM IS "FORMER LIVES.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH A

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