Ben Gibbard


Ben is still making great music with his band Death Cab for Cutie (these days without co-founder Chris Walla). He also kept his fans entertained and soothed with daily live-streamed performances to raise money for charities during the worst of the COVID lockdown. It was something I looked forward to every day, and you can watch many of those shows on the Death Cab YouTube channel. Ben was one of the nicest artists I interviewed, and when I bumped into him in Austin 15 years later, he remembered me and couldn’t have been sweeter. Thanks to a healthy lifestyle including long-distance running and no drinking, Ben looks younger and better now than in 2003!


Seattle resident, Ben Gibbard is the singer/guitarist/songwriter for two of the most highly acclaimed bands around today: Death Cab for Cutie and the Postal Service. Death Cab (including Chris Walla on guitar/organ, bassist Nick Harmer, and drummer Jason McGerr) got its start in 1997. In 2002, Ben wrote and recorded with Jimmy Tamborello (of Dntel and Figurine) under the name The Postal Service. Their first release, Give Up, made the biggest splash an indie release could hope to make. If don’t already love these bands, you should.

About the interview

This interview took place in the Death Cab for Cutie tour bus behind the Middle East Club in Cambridge, MA.






Cambridge, MA

Jeff Robbins

Jennifer Robbins

Chris Walla’s Peanut Butter Veggie Sausage Toast

It’s breakfast food!


  • bread (toasted)
  • peanut butter
  • veggie sausages (hot dogs)


  1. Make toast.
  2. Spread peanut butter on toast.
  3. Grill (or pan fry or microwave) sausages or hot dogs (veggie or real).
  4. Split sausages down the middle and place on peanut buttered toast.
  5. Eat!!!