Death Cab for Cutie is an American indie rock band formed in Bellingham; Washington in 1997. It began as a solo project of Ben Gibbard; now the band-s vocalist and guitarist. Gibbard took the band name from the title of the song written by Neil Innes and Vivian Stanshall and performed by their group the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band in the Beatles- 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour.Gibbard-s first album; You Can Play These Songs with Chords; was released as a demo; leading to a record deal with Barsuk Records. It was at this time that Gibbard decided to expand the project into a complete band; and recruited band members to join. The band has released eight albums to date. Their most recent album; Narrow Stairs; was released on May 12; 2008 in the United Kingdom and was released on May 13; 2008 in the United States.