Great Job, Internet!: “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” helped Plans go platinum

On August 30, 2005, Death Cab For Cutie released its major label debut, Plans. It seems quaint now, but at the time it was somewhat a big deal that Seth Cohen’s favorite band had jumped from their long-time indie home, Barsuk Records, to Atlantic.

“We realized that we had all this bargaining power to go to a major label and have every detail fall in line the way we wanted it to—you know, the dream record contract that every band’s trying to get at some point,” frontman Ben Gibbard told The A.V. Club in 2005. “And Barsuk is a wonderful label, they’ve been amazing to us and continue to be amazing for us, but we made that very un-indie-rock move of actually succumbing to our ambition as a band, and saying, ‘You know what? I want as many people to hear this band as possible …

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