Death Cab for Cutie – “An Arrow in the Wall”

Death Cab for Cutie have shared the new song “An Arrow in the Wall” and a remix version by Chvrches. It’s also available on physical media.

8x GRAMMY® Award-nominated rock band Death Cab for Cutie has shared new two-sided, 12” single, “An Arrow in the Wall” (buy/stream here + order on vinyl here).

With an original recording produced by John Congleton, today’s release also includes a remix by synth-pop band CHVRCHES and visualizers courtesy of frequent collaborator Juliet Bryant (Justin Vernon, Japanese Breakfast, Laura Jane Grace) – watch the original visualizer here + remix visualizer here.

Of today’s release, lead vocalist and guitarist Ben Gibbard shares:
“‘An Arrow In the Wall’ is about the warning signs all around us in the 21st century that society-at-large is in decay. The arrow lodged in the wall might have missed this time, but it would be naive to assume the next one won’t also.
We have been good friends with CHVRCHES since touring together in 2019. They took our maudlin little dance track and turned it into a major key club banger.”

“An Arrow in the Wall” follows a series of exciting announcements from the band, who is gearing up to embark upon their highly-anticipated co-headline tour with The Postal Service this fall.

The tour will bring together tens of thousands of fans to celebrate the 20thanniversary of two seminal albums – Death Cab for Cutie’s Transatlanticism and The Postal Service’s Give Up (both released back in 2003 with a total recording budget of just $20k between the two LP’s). 

The historic run kicks off September 5 in Washington DC and includes two sold-out nights at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, three shows at LA’s Hollywood Bowland a recently-announced, already sold-out Chicago date at The Salt Shed, presented by Jam & Riot Fest and following both bands’ headline sets at September’s Riot Fest. 

Earlier this year, the tour was named one of GQ’s “12 Pop Culture Releases We’re Most Looking Forward to in 2023” and one of the “23 concerts and albums” the Los Angeles Times is “most excited for in 2023.” Extremely limited tickets for the third and final Hollywood Bowl show can be accessed here; all other dates are entirely sold-out [full routing enclosed below]. 
Death Cab for Cutie is also celebrating Transatlanticism’s recent RIAA Platinum certification with a band-exclusive vinyl variant (order here).

Later this month, Death Cab for Cutie will partner with their hometown MLB team, the Seattle Mariners, for Death Cabby for Cutie day on August 30 to celebrate the 20th birthday of Transatlanticism, as well as second baseman José “Cabby” Caballero’s 27th birthday.

Fans who purchase tickets here and attend the Mariners’ August 30 game vs. the Oakland Athletics will have a chance to snag a limited edition Death Cabby for Cutie tee – based on the iconic design of the band's second studio album, We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.

The Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie have also launched a limited-edition online poster series, to celebrate the upcoming tour. From August 9 through September 6, the bands will reveal a new poster available for pre-order each Wednesday, designed by a favorite artist of theirs. They’ve recruited Kozyndan, who created the artwork for three of the original Postal Service singles, as well as Jesse LedouxJose Garcia of Zoca StudioKii Arens, and Brijean for the project. Posters will be available in both The Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie webstores.