Slacker Logo


Ben Gibbard

Ben Gibbard is a singer/songwriter best known as frontman for Pacific Northwestern indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie. Gibbard was raised in Washington and got interested in music due in part to the explosion of grunge and its roots in his region during his formative high-school years. Gibbard's first band was the fledgling Pinwheel, who released one self-titled album in 1996. Pinwheel's Justin Kennedy would go on to front Army Navy. Gibbard began Death Cab for Cutie as a solo project in 1997, taking the name from a song by cheeky classic rockers the Bonzo Dog Band. He released a cassette of his sentimental acoustic-leaning songs called You Can Play These Songs with Chords under the new moniker later that year, and the reception was warm enough to merit expanding the project into a full band. Death Cab for Cutie would go on to enormous popularity and release records for years to come, but Gibbard's itch to work solo continued. Between 1999 and 2002, he worked on several solo releases under the name ¡All-Time Quarterback! Collaboration became standard for Gibbard early on as well. In addition to joining friends Pedro the Lion as a bassist for one tour, Gibbard has collaborated in some form or another with the Long Winters, Jenny Lewis, Jay Farrar, Styrofoam, Andrew Kenny of American Analog Set, and others. Perhaps his most fruitful collaboration came in the form of adding guest vocals to the Dntel song "(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan" on the 2001 album Life Is Full of Possibilities. From that meeting, Gibbard began trading sound files with Dntel beatmaker Jimmy Tamborello for what would become the immensely popular project known as the Postal Service, thusly titled because the two would send each other song ideas through the mail. The Postal Service's 2003 debut, Give Up, was well received critically as well as in terms of sales, going gold in two countries. Gibbard married actress/singer Zooey Deschanel in September of 2009 and the couple remained together for two years before divorcing in the fall of 2011. In 2012 Gibbard issued Former Lives, the first collection of songs under his own name. Two years later he supplied the score to the romantic comedy film The Laggies, and he returned to Death Cab for Cutie for 2015's Kintsugi, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album. In 2017 he delivered Bandwagonesque, a reworking of Teenage Fanclub's breakthrough 1991 album of the same name. ~ Fred Thomas
Read More Read Less

Stations Featuring
Ben Gibbard

    Relax Trax

    Relax Trax
    4 songs

    Top Indie

    Top Indie
    1 song

    Indie Chill

    Indie Chill
    1 song

    Alt Country

    Alt Country
    1 song

Albums by
Ben Gibbard

Top Songs by
Ben Gibbard

  1.   Song
  2.   Choir Vandals
  3.   Bigger Than Love
  4.   Teardrop Windows
  5.   The Concept
  6.   Indian Summer
  7.   Carolina
  8.   You Remind Me of Home
  9.   Duncan, Where Have You Gone?
  10.   The Coldest Winter
  11.   Overture Reprise
  12.   Annika Sees Makeout
  13.   December
  14.   The Opiate Waltz
  15.   Is This Music
  16.   Lady Adelaide
  17.   Drive to Meet
  18.   Post Picnic
  19.   Post Reunion
  20.   Drive Precall
  21.   After Airport
  22.   Tour of House
  23.   Broken Yolk in Western Sky
  24.   Where Our Destination Lies
  25.   Dad Office Sign
  26.   Guiding Star
  27.   Garden
  28.   Walk to Mex
  29.   Sidewinder
  30.   When the Sun Goes Down
  31.   Pet Rock
  32.   I'm Building a Fire
  33.   Arrest Jail
  34.   Craig Megan Montage
  35.   Craig Megan Hookup
  36.   Metal Baby
  37.   Star Sign
  38.   On Way to Airport
  39.   Something's Rattling (Cowpoke)
  40.   Shepherd's Bush Lullaby
  41.   Satan
  42.   Positively Fourth Ave Revisited
  43.   The First Show
  44.   Farmer Chords
  45.   A Pudding Bridge
  46.   Meg Comes Home
  47.   Oh, Woe
  48.   Chaos and Resolution
  49.   Interlude 2 (Seattle)
  50.   East to West
  51.   It's Never Too Late (End Credits)
  52.   Drive to Grocery
  53.   Interlude 1 (Olympia)
  54.   Giganticism
  55.   Some Days
  56.   Dream Song
  57.   Scoliosis and Kind Teachers
  58.   A Good Childhood
  59.   I Don't Know
  60.   Lily
  61.   Overture
  62.   Where Credit Is Due
  63.   Alcoholiday
  64.   You Always Have a Place to Stay (In Oakland)
  65.   Main Titles
  66.   What You Do to Me
  67.   A Hard One to Know
  68.   TP
  69.   Meg's Parents' House

Artists Related to Ben Gibbard

Loading Sliders...
  1. + -



Casting to |