In the days following Donald Trump's presidential election victory, one of the scariest outcomes has been a reported increase in "bias-based attacks" across the nation. In response, Death Cab for Cutie has issued a statement assuring fans that their "shows will always be a safe place for people of all colors, all genders, all sexual orientations and all beliefs to come together to celebrate music, love and mutual respect."
The band wrote in a message across their social media accounts, "That is who we are, that is what we stand for as individuals and as a band. There are a lot of unknowns on the horizon and many things out of our control, but we remain resolute in our commitment to creating music and maintaining a community around our band that embodies compassion, understanding, kindness and safety."
While the letter never actually mentioned the president-elect, the subtext is clear. They end the note, saying, "Be kind to one another, stand up for one another and take care of one another."
Death Cab for Cutie has been explicit about its dislike for Donald Trump. The band was the first band to be featured in the Dave Eggers-headed anti-Trump song series 30 Days, 30 Songs with the track "Million Dollar Loan." In an interview with Billboard following, he described some of Trump's tactics in the election as "textbook fascism."
Read Death Cab for Cutie's full statement here:
- Death Cab for Cutie (@dcfc) November 14, 2016