Death Cab for Cutie aren't necessarily release-crazed, but they do like to remain consistent in terms of how often they drop a new album. As such, it wasn't surprising when the band, whose members have plenty of side gigs, announced that their seventh studio album, Codes and Keys, would come three years after 2008's Narrow Stairs. What was somewhat surprising, though, was that Death Cab'ers Ben Gibbard and Nick Harmer stating that Codes and Keys is very much a less guitar-centric album, according to an interview with Stereogum. What they meant, though, is that the guitars will be used in different ways, such as translating melodies into vocals or keyboards. Also, guitarist Chris Walla has more songwriting credits on here.