A Wayward Word's Worth

March 25, 2012

Death Cab For Cutie’s Asian Fixation

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 1:11 pm

The indie troupe’s sonic mastermind, Chris Walla (on the left of the picture), touches on the criss-crossed philosophies that will inform the band’s Shanghai gig. By Kyle Mullin for The Shanghaiist, Mar. 7 2012

He’s mastered piano riffs, guitar chords, synth codes and keys. Up next— calligraphy.

Maybe not quite, but Chris Walla has always drawn on China for inspiration. That Mandarin fixation sets itself far apart from any of his other endeavours—playing and producing for indie super troupe Death Cab For Cutie, or hopping behind the studio mixing boards for countless other all star songwriters like The Decemberists and Tegan and Sara.

To tap into that Chinese muse, he needed nothing more than his father’s briefcase and business plans.






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