Our friends over at Stereogum alerted us to the fact that Death Cab for Cutie appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon yesterday to promote the May 31st release of their seventh studio album, Codes and Keys. Their taped television performance of single “You Are a Tourist” probably felt like the easiest thing in the world after the live, one-take taping of the ambitious music video. Multi-instrumentalist Chris Walla is particularly assured in this performance?perhaps because over the fourteen years Death Cab for Cutie have been a band, he?s learned to become not just a player, but a performer, or perhaps just because his vocals were louder than usual in the mix. Either way, it was a treat.
For their online-only performance (streamable below) the band reached deep into their back catalog for “Title Track” from 2000′s We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes. Don’t forget to check out our preview of the band’s appearance on Storytellers, and tune in to VH1 for the entire performance on Friday, May 27 at 11pm ET/PT.