Death Cab for Cutie fans were treated to a surprise appearance by Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES on Wednesday night. Mayberry joined the band during their show at the Anthem in Washington, D.C., for a rendition of “Northern Lights,” off Death Cab’s latest, Thank You For Today.
Mayberry provided backing vocals on the album version of the track, but Wednesday’s appearance marked her debut live performance of the track with the band. This is just the latest surprise on Death Cab’s national tour—they also surprised Chicago fans with a full performance of their acclaimed album Transatlanticism earlier this month.
Last night we had the great honor of being joined by our friend @laurenevemay of @CHVRCHES to help out w/ vocals on “Northern Lights”. Her spirit, combined with a fantastic new venue @TheAnthemDC and unbelievable crowd energy added up to making this an unforgettable show for us. pic.twitter.com/Q5EwqRwUgo— Death Cab for Cutie (@dcfc) October 18, 2018
Watch the “Northern Lights” performance below (video courtesy of Jim Powers), and listen to Death Cab and CHVRCHES performances from the Paste archives further down. You can revisit our recent talk with Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard right here.