Death Cab for Cutie at Metro | Photo gallery
The Moz has a tune called "We Hate it When Our Friends Become Successful" which explores that reverse psychology of rock achievement. Earn yourself legions of fans, platinum album status and near headlining slots at major festivals and the indie cult may abandon you—or deny ever caring. Or, alternatively, they may wonder what they saw in your music in the first place beyond your shared DIY attitude. That's not to lay into Death Cab for Cutie specifically, it went bigtime years ago—but the band's latest album Codes & Keys is bound to polarize—our critic flat-out hated it. The Seattle band, which headlines the Sasquatch festival this week, has a fervent fanbase whatever it does in the present tense. I confess that I never quite drank the Kool-Aid when it came to Death Cab, even before it blew up, too sentimental for my tastes. Whatever the case, a band as big as Death Cab mounting a club-size tour is cause for celebration—at least for the kids lucky enough to snag tickets.