Jason McGerr

McGerr joined the Bellingham, Washington-based indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie in early 2003, to replace drummer Michael Schorr. Two members of the band, Ben Gibbard and Nick Harmer, had previously played in Eureka Farm, where McGerr was Gibbard’s replacement. McGerr debuted on Death Cab for Cutie’s fourth album, Transatlanticism, released in October 2003, featuring two songs co-written by McGerr. The release of Transatlanticism to critical acclaim and strong commercial performance (and eventual gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America) brought Death Cab for Cutie mainstream success. Speaking in 2003, Benjamin Gibbard notes that he “definitely believe[s] this will be the last drummer we’ll ever have. It’s kind of come full circle. It makes more sense having him than it has anyone else that’s ever played with us.”