Ben Gibbard Gets Us Closer to the Sun with His New Solo Song, 'Proxima B'

May 28, 2020
Ben Gibbard solo track Proxima B

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On the heels of Ben Gibbard's final livestream home show, Death Cab For Cutie's beloved frontman isn't leaving us empty handed. He released a space inspired solo single titled "Proxima B" plus a B-side cover of Minor Threat's 1981 chaotic rager, "Filler". Ben put his own spin on the track remaking it into a tender piano ballad and it holds up.

About his new solo song, Ben Gibbard recruited fellow Seattle musician, Michael Lerner (who performs under the name Telekinesis) to play drums, sing backing vocals and mix the track. You may remember hearing Proxima B during one of Ben's streaming home shows, but this studio produced version gives depth and power pop layers to the song, which speaks of entering another world. 

“This one I wrote a while ago and I was going to have it out as a single for my solo tour this spring. It’s about a planet that was discovered deep, deep in the cosmos, called Proxima B. The three things you need to know about Proxima B to understand the song are: One, there’s a planet called Proxima B that they think has water on it. It’s somewhat Earth-like. Secondly, it orbits the star called Centauri. And three, there’s been a lot of talk of ‘Ooh, maybe we can get there at some point.’ So I wrote this song in response to that.” - Ben Gibbard

“Proxima B” b/w “Filler” will be available tomorrow on a 7" vinyl and cassette. Head to Death Cab For Cutie's webstore to grab it!


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