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Gibbard says that in writing the group's new album, "Kintsugi" he wasn't interested in creating "a tell-all or a kiss-off or anything like that."Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard, left, with bandmates Nick Harmer, center, and Jason Mc Gerr.

Gibbard says that in writing the group's new album, "Kintsugi" he wasn't interested in creating "a tell-all or a kiss-off or anything like that." (Mike Kane / For The Times) Ben Gibbard never thought he'd find himself where he did at the end of 2012.

" Other songs mention an ingénue battling the passage of time and "a dumpster in the driveway of all the plans that came undone."Yet Gibbard's divorce isn't the only breakup reflected on in "Kintsugi," whose title refers to an ancient Japanese technique for repairing broken pottery.

The album also follows the departure late last year of guitarist Chris Walla, who formed Death Cab with Gibbard in 1997 and produced each of the group's previous seven albums.

People either love us or they really dislike us,” he says.

The most recognizable markers of pre-“adorkable” era Death Cab are here, with heartfelt meditations on disillusionment and the pains of drifting apart.

in September 2009 -- reached a "mutual and amicable" decision to split.

"There was no third party involved," an unnamed source adds.

In late 2012, the songwriter, moved by his sister’s relationship with her wife, raised money to help legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state (he wrote an op-ed for The Daily Beast about it here). After protests broke out over the law’s anti-gay undertones, the state’s Republican leaders rushed to introduce a new measure to counteract it—a move Gibbard says is “very telling.”“As our nation gets younger and the voting population becomes skewed toward people who grew up with gay, lesbian, trans people being much more visible, these laws that are meant to ‘protect’ what I view as a religious minority in this country will continue to fall,” he says.

“What the state had to lose by sticking to its guns on this piece of legislation was vastly larger than what it stood to gain from it.”“I don’t see any difference between the struggle that the LGBT community is experiencing with laws such as Indiana’s and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s—though a black man was gunned down by a police officer two days ago in South Carolina, so that is an ongoing struggle in itself,” he continues.

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