Ben Gibbard recently sat down with Rolling Stone to chat about his involvement on Foo Fighter’s HBO show Sonic Highways, Kurt Cobain, and grunge in Seattle.
The Sonic Highways project took Dave Grohl and The Foo Fighters all over America to visit historically important recording studios. The group hit eight different cities and clearly returning to Seattle was a no-brainer. Seattle, of course, is where Grohl began his illustrious career as the backbeat of Nirvana.
Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie was just a teenager in the Seattle music scene at the time of Nirvana’s rise, which gives him a much different perspective on Kurt’s passing.
Ben told Rolling Stone:
“Dave [Grohl] totally Barbara Walters-ed me during the interview. He was like, ‘Alright, let’s talk about Kurt.’ And I was like, ‘Ahh, fuck, man.’ It still feels like it was yesterday. I remember being a kid, like 16, 17, and having my mom come in my room before school and be like, ‘Sit down, this just happened.'”
Gibbard was not only interviewed for the program, but provided back up vocals on the song “Subterranean” included on the new album. Listen to the song below and find the entire Q&A with Ben Gibbard here.