With Washington State reeling from the results of the coronavirus pandemic, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard has written a folks track, “Life in Quarantine,” for his residence state. Over mild acoustic guitar, he sings about empty streets, bars, and cafes, and streetlights that change for no motive. He describes airports and prepare stations “full of desperate people” and the grocery store Safeway trying like one thing from the Eastern Bloc. “National Guard is on their way to protect us from our neighbors,” he sings, “and everyone who has tried to swim for it has drowned out past the breakers.” It all revolves across the refrain, “No one is going anywhere soon.” He premiered the track by way of Seattle newspaper The Stranger.
Although the track itself isn’t significantly hopeful, Gibbard closed his video with a plea for Seattleites to look out for these much less lucky. “I know this is a really fucked-up and scary time for everybody, including myself,” he mentioned in the video. “And I know that we’re all trying to figure out what we can do to make it better and what we can do to alleviate the suffering of someone else.” He urged these with the means to donate any additional tents or sleeping luggage to the group Aurora Commons, which might distribute them to the homeless inhabitants. He closed his message saying, ” Let’s all get by way of this collectively.”
Washington State has suffered essentially the most deaths associated to COVID-19 since authorities began tracing the pandemic’s impression in the U.S. Like the leaders of many different states, Governor Jay Inslee has requested his residents to practice social distancing and to shut bars and eating places quickly.
Gibbard this week began livestreaming daily performances for a collection he’s dubbed Ben Gibbard: Live From Home at four p.m. PST. “I know you are all freaked out right now,” he wrote in a letter to his followers. “I am, too. And while I’m proud that we’re all doing the necessary things at the moment to help flatten the curve, I know it has left us incredibly isolated. … Some of you have traveled great distances and/or shelled out large sums of money to see us play and that has never been lost on me. So in this crazy unprecedented time, I’d like to return my favor by coming to you.”