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Nick Harmer on Death Cab for Cutie, time warps and careers

In a recent interview with the Seattle Times, Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer reminisces about the band’s humble beginning and the years that have gone by since then.

From the band “playing for five bucks” and selling $3.00 tapes at shows way back when to playing the Hollywood Bowl this weekend, Harmer has been through it all.

Harmer admits these eleven years have been a time warp, sharing a recent encounter with a fan who told him that Death Cab for Cutie was one of the first concerts he ever attended as a kid, in San Diego. Since then, that “kid” has become a doctor.

“Here’s someone who came to our show as a kid, and then went on to medical school, and now is a doctor, and I’m still playing bass in the same band. I can’t even imagine. People have lived entire lives,” Harmer shared.

“It’s only recently I’ve been able to say, “Yeah, I play bass for a living. That’s what I do. I’m a bass player in Death Cab for Cutie,” and hold my head high and make no apologies for that.”

Check out the complete interview, as well as Harmer’s blog.

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