Ben Gibbard is an American artist, lyricist, and guitarist.
He is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the outside of the box shake band Death Cab for Cutie, with which he has recorded eight studio collections, and as one portion of the electronica team the Postal Service.
In a recent interview he opened up about his sobriety, saying: "Quitting had been such a positive change in my life. It's not like that." Let's hope he never needs a sponsor!
Nothing was going to make me want to go back to that. I'm not, like, walking around with a chip in my pocket. However, whether he realizes it or not, he may have met his sponsor in disguise.
Gibbard released his debut solo album, Former Lives, in 2012, and a collaborative studio album, One Fast Move or I'm Gone (2009), with Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt's Jay Farrar.
The following year, the band released its debut album, Something About Airplanes (1998), on Barsuk Records, and released its follow-up, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, in 2000. He completed a solo tour through the US in the spring of 2007 that featured David Bazan of Pedro the Lion and singer-songwriter Johnathan Rice.
Gibbard was born in Bremerton, Washington, where he spent his formative years, during the time of the grunge music explosion in the early 1990s. Gibbard became engaged to actress and musician Zooey Deschanel in 2008.
While performing guitar in the band Pinwheel, Gibbard recorded a demo cassette under the moniker Death Cab for Cutie, titled You Can Play These Songs with Chords (1997).
After receiving a positive response to the material, Gibbard expanded the project into a full band, with the addition of Chris Walla (guitar), Nick Harmer (bass) and Nathan Good (drums).