Monday, April 12, 2010

Taking cues form the masters with Ben Gibbard

Here is another large influence of mine Ben Gibbard. This guy has done so much that I just Wikipediaed him to get all this info together. Benjamin Gibbard (born August 11, 1976 in Bremerton, Washington) is an American musician known as a member of several successful indie rock bands. He is the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service, also known for his project ¡All-Time Quarterback! and his first band, Pinwheel. He is married to the actress and singer Zooey Deschanel.

Gibbard spent his formative years in Bremerton, Washington during the time of the grunge musical explosion during the early 1990s. He graduated from Olympic High School in 1994. Growing up he was influenced by Elliott Smith, Nirvana, The Stone Roses, Superchunk, Built to Spill, Teenage Fanclub, Pixies, Pavement, Fugazi, and Hall & Oates. He also cites Jack Kerouac as a major influence. He studied Engineering at Western Washington University. He was raised Roman Catholic and referred to himself as "this indoctrinated Catholic even though I haven't been to church of my own volition in 10 or 15 years now." He and his band Death Cab for Cutie are also known for their contributions to veganism and animal rights. However, in a 2003 interview Gibbard stated that while he had previously been a vegan, he had recently become a pescetarian.



Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie Discography

Ben Gibbard

The Postal Service

¡All-Time Quarterback!

With Jay Farrar


  • 1996 Pinwheel

And so I will leave you with one of his remix projects with Feist - Mushaboom (the postal service remix)

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