Death Cab for Cutie

REFLECTIONS: Based in Seattle, where Chris Walla and singer-guitarist Ben Gibbard formed the band as a home-recording project in 1997, Death Cab has sold nearly 1 million copies of 2005's "Plans," its debut for Atlantic after a string of albums released by Barsuk, a hometown indie. Yet guitarist Walla says that the number of people the group plays to on tour indicates an audience much larger than that. "Maybe 'Plans' would've been a 7-million-selling record in 1994!" he exclaims. From left, Nick Harmer, Gibbard, Jason McGerr and Walla.
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