8xGrammy® Award-nominated Atlantic Recordings group Death Cab for Cutie has officially announced their upcoming release – The Blue EP – arriving everywhere September 6th. The announcement comes accompanied by the release of the first track off the project, “Kids in ‘99”.
“Kids in ‘99” was written in tribute to three children who lost their lives in the 1999 Bellingham Olympic Pipeline explosion in Seattle, Washington. Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard reflects on the inspiration behind this track: “The Olympic Pipeline explosion in 1999 was a tragedy that really affected me while we were living in Bellingham. After all these years I felt it was worthy of its own folk song.”
All new tracks, including “Kids in ‘99” and “Blue Bloods” were produced by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Kurt Vile).
The EP also includes “To The Ground” and “Before The Bombs” – produced by Rich Costey during the recording sessions for the band’s critically acclaimed ninth studio album, Thank You for Today – which were held for this planned subsequent EP.
The fifth track on the project, “Man in Blue,” was self-produced by the band.