If there was question as to who is the most professional rock band in music nowadays, there was no doubt after Death Cab for Cutie completed their nearly two hour long set at the Greek Theatre, Thursday night in Los Angeles. Having been the sixth time seeing the group live, it was still somewhat shocking seeing such a high level of musicianship coming from the Seattle-based four piece.
Just after 8:30 p.m., Death Cab took the stage, opening with "I Will Possess Your Heart." It was quite a daring move to open with a song that extends over seven minutes, probably the least popular single of their last few albums.
After roaring through six songs including "Crooked Teeth," "Moviescript Ending," and "Long Division," Gibbard took the time to address an issue he clearly never thought might one day become a reality.
"I'm an Angeleno now, guys," Gibbard said. "Never thought I would be."
"Codes and Keys," one of the strongest tracks off their newest album of the same name, lacked the energy you might expect.
This was really the only sore spot of the show. The amount of energy from song to song fluctuated, sometimes extremely high and sometimes a lackluster low.
This could of course be attributed to the fan feedback of what they were playing as well. When songs such as "Soul Meets Body," "I Will Follow You Into The Dark," and " Title and Registration" were played, the crowd erupted into an uncontainable fervor. When the band played tracks such as "Company Calls," "Photobooth," and "Your Bruise" there wasn't nearly a reaction received as deserved.
Still, the band was charming, clearly wanting everyone in attendance to enjoy themselves.
When someone from the crowd inevitably asked Gibbard, "where's Zooey?," referring to his wife, actress/musician, Zooey Deschanel, Gibbard playfully responded, "where's Zooey? This is OUR show."
The highlight of the night came when during "We Looked Like Giants," Gibbard dueled with drummer Jason McGerr, facing him while playing his own makeshift set, as the rest of the band jammed joyously.
After briefly leaving the stage just after 10 p.m., Death Cab returned, playing four more songs to a mostly-standing crowd for the encore.
Closing with "Transatlanticism," the band delivered yet another memorable performance, amounting into one of the largest sing-alongs most everyone at the Greek had ever taken part of.
In a time where music lovers are frantically looking for a band who might fill the holes of rock legends who continue to play shows to this day, those in attendance at the Greek Theatre might have found their best bet in Death Cab for Cutie.