Ben Gibbard Shares New Song ‘Proxima B’ & Minor Threat Cover
Gibbard will play the last of a long-running weekly series of livestreams with a solo performance tonight (Thursday, May 28). He debuted “Proxima B” during a livestream concert presented by the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum. “Proxima B” was mixed by fellow Seattle resident Michael Lerner of Telekinesis, who contributed drums and backing vocals as well. Gibbard stated the following regarding the new track:
This one I wrote a while ago and I was going to have it out as a single for my solo tour this spring. It’s about a planet that was discovered deep, deep in the cosmos, called Proxima B. The three things you need to know about Proxima B to understand the song are: One, there’s a planet called Proxima B that they think has water on it. It’s somewhat Earth-like. Secondly, it orbits the star called Centauri. And three, there’s been a lot of talk of “Ooh, maybe we can get there at some point.” So I wrote this song in response to that.
Order the pair of tracks, including limited-edition 7-inch vinyl and cassette versions, here. Stream “Proxima B” and Gibbard’s cover of Minor Threat’s “Filler” below: