Aidin Vaziri | Ben Gibbard is taking a quick break from working on Death Cab for Cutie’s forthcoming album, “Codes and Keys,” to play a special festival closing solo set for Noise Pop next Sunday at the Great American Music Hall. The songwriter, whose airy indie pop tunes have inspired numerous imitators (most notably Owl City’s breakthrough hit, “Fireflies”), spoke to us from the Los Angeles home he shares with his wife, actress Zooey Deschanel. “We’ve been mail-ordering Blue Bottle,” he said. “We may be serving the best coffee in Los Angeles at our house.”
Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie
Q: I’m glad I finally get to talk to you. I totally love that song “Fireflies.”
A: Oh, really? You like that one?
Q: Are you extremely flattered or extremely distraught that someone who completely ripped you off sold 4 million singles?
A: I have to give you a big no comment on that one. You’ll have to read between the lines.
Q: Well, if you’re not going to perform it at Noise Pop, what are you going to play?
A: I play these solo shows so infrequently I feel it’s my duty to keep it mostly to the hits. The majority of the set will be that kind of thing. I may slip one or two new tunes in there that I feel translate well. I always cover something in that setting that only exists at that show. I kind of like the idea of some bootleg of some cover floating around the world that happened that one night. Of course, I haven’t determined what that will be yet.
Q: I hear the Lady Gaga album is quite good.
A: There could be something there. You never know. At this point, I think I’ve done my fair share of ironic covers. I think I’ll stick with something I really like.