Death Cab for Cutie honor Olympic Pipeline victims on “Kids in ’99”

    Twenty years on, the band look back on a tragedy in Washington state.

    Ben Gibbard performing at the Primavera Sound Festival
    Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie. Image: Christian Bertrand / Shutterstock.com

    Death Cab for Cutie have announced The Blue EP with “Kids in ’99,” which is about the 1999 Olympic Pipeline explosion.

    The band’s new single retells the horrific 1999 pipeline explosion in Bellingham, Washington’s Whatcom Falls Park. Three boys died in the incident. In the second verse, Ben Gibbard reimagines the scene of the tragedy: “Our house was shaken by the blast, black smoke billowing off the landscape, sirens crying through the streets.”

    “The Olympic Pipeline explosion in 1999 was a tragedy that really affected me while we were living in Bellingham, [Washington],” Gibbard explained in a statement. “After all these years I felt it was worthy of its own folk song.”

    Due out September 6, The Blue EP follows Death Cab’s recent studio album, 2018’s Thank You for Today. In an unexpected collaboration, the band recently worked on the song “Do You Remember” off Chance the Rapper’s debut LP, The Big Day.

    Listen to “Kids in ’99” here: