If you are a person who happens to be me, this is so necessary. Death Cab discussing their early days in Seattle circa We Have the Facts and Photo Booth.
So, when he first took up residence in Seattle, in an apartment building on Corliss Avenue North in the Wallingford neighborhood, times weren’t exactly great. He poured over help-wanted ads (the inspiration for the DCFC tune “The Employment Pages”), got turned down for a job at a local hardware store and fretted about the status of the band. But mostly, he just missed the easy life back in Bellingham.
More here, as well. (EDIT: And here.)
Should you not know, the first time I came to America, back in 2004, I lived in Bellingham, Washington, where Death Cab formed. It was a little awkward making the decision to go to B’ham, actually; I was a huge Death Cab fan at the time, and knew they came from this little college town in Washington. It turned out that when I was choosing a college to which I could go on exchange, Western Washington University was one of my choices, and it was a choice I didn’t want to make. For a start, I felt it would seem too much like I was choosing Western because my favorite band came from that town, which is a terrible reason to decide on a place to live. Further, at the time, I had no mental image of Washington State or Seattle. The northwest seemed like a blank, and, I wanted to go somewhere east. Absurdly, I thought the West Coast would not seem American enough, as if I would only just be scraping myself on to the very edge of the continent.
But my first and second choices of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Pittsburgh fell through for a variety of reasons, and when I considered the criteria I had — cold enough for snow during the winter, not too far from a large-ish city — Bellingham fit best. I went to the hometown of my favorite band, and loved it for reasons that had absolutely nothing to do with them. That’s the reason why, when I came back to America, I came to Seattle.
I don’t think I like Codes and Keys much, but I love this story of transition in Bellingham and Seattle, because it’s my story too.