Death Cab For Cutie Shares Live Recording On 20th Anniversary Of 1st Concert


The Pacer House in Bellingham, Washington hosted the first live Death Cab for Cutie performance on November 22, 1997. The band has shared a live recording of the concert to commemorate the 20th anniversary of that memorable acoustic show.

Frontman Benjamin Gibbard “unearthed” the live recording which is available to purchase and stream on Bandcamp. All proceeds from sales of the release will support Seattle’s Aurora Commons.

Gibbard issued the below message detailing recording:

This is a recording of the first ever Death Cab for Cutie show. It was made by our friend Trevor Adams on his dictaphone at The Pacer House in Bellingham, Washington on November 22, 1997. Sprawled across couches and sitting cross-legged on the floor were 25 of our closest friends and fellow musicians. Everyone played acoustic or semi-acoustic with no PA. Trevor made and passed bowl after bowl of microwave popcorn because he was (and I assume still is) a great host.

Chris Walla and I had just finished the You Can Play These Songs with Chords cassette and we thought it would be fun to play a few shows around Bellingham to celebrate the release. We recruited Nick Harmer to play bass and Walla’s childhood friend Nathan Good to play drums. None of us thought we were starting a band nor did our ambitions for DCfC extend very far past this particular evening. We simply thought it would be fun to play these songs for our friends before moving on to other things.

I remain forever grateful to Trevor for inviting us to play in his living room 20 years ago today. It was one of the greatest nights of my life at the time and its significance has only grown since.

Benjamin Gibbard
Death Cab for Cutie
November 22, 2017

Stream DCFC’s First Show, Acoustic at The Pacer House, Bellingham WA. 11​/​22​/​97 below:


Death Cab for Cutie at The Pacer House

  • Your Bruise
  • President of What?
  • Champagne from a Paper Cup
  • Amputations
  • Two Cars
  • Pictures in an Exhibition