Death Cab For Cutie have released their new single “An Arrow In The Wall” along with a remix of the B-side by Chvrches.
The new track, produced by John Congleton, is now available to stream or order on a double-sided 12-inch vinyl single here.
“‘An Arrow In the Wall’ deals with the warning signs that surround us in the 21st century that society in general is in decline,” singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard said in a press release. “Maybe the arrow missed the wall this time, but it would be naive to assume that there won’t be a next time.”
He said of the synth remix from the Scottish trio: “We’ve been good friends with Chvrches since we toured together in 2019. They took our dance track and turned it into a huge club hit.”
Listen to both versions below, and check out the visualization, courtesy of regular contributor Juliet Bryant, below.
The new release comes ahead of the band’s US tour with the Postal Service starting in September. The Postal Service will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic “Give Up”, and DCFC will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 2003 album “Transatlanticism” – both records will be played in their entirety each night. You can find your remaining tickets here.
Reflecting on “Transatlanticism” earlier this year, NME asked Gibbard if he ever thought at the time that the record would be talked about two decades later.
“Of course not, but what if I said yes?” he replied jokingly. “The press might hate me! It’s really important to understand the context of American indie rock in the 00s.”
And he continues: “We made this record before 2004, when indie rock really broke [en EE UU]. Death Cab was on cloud nine, having sold 40,000 records and played venues such as The Bowery Ballroom. We felt we had done it. When we did “Give Up,” it was a fun project, and I was really excited to put a record out on Sub Pop.
In March, DCFC announced that they had to cancel most of their UK tour due to Gibbard suffering from a condition affecting his vocal cords. However, they were able to resume the next three concerts in Brighton and London.
They later joked that they should get “sponsored by Boots” during their concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The Postal Service and Death Cab For Cutie will headline Riot Fest Chicago this September, along with Foo Fighters, The Cure and more.