Zaina Ahmed’s big sister accidentally introduced her to Death Cab, but she says it’s one of the best accidents that could have happened. “Our rooms used to be connected by a bathroom and I’d always hear Death Cab songs waft through,” she says. For many Death Cab fans their music provided a roadmap to who they wanted to be as well as a bridge to new friendships.
Like Cynthia, Zaina saw Death Cab as a rope that bound a friendship together. “The band came into my life around the time I became cognisant of the terms ‘hipster’ and ‘indie music’ and when I was figuring out how I related to those concepts.”
In 2009, when Zaina was 15, her best friend Stevii made a short film for one of her school classes which featured the song ‘Marching Bands of Manhattan’. The film followed a protagonist who didn’t pay attention to the good things in their life. Hearing ‘Marching Bands’ in Stevii’s film put Death Cab on the map for Zaina in a new way.
“This is where it all started for us. From here I used to listen to ‘A Lack of Color’ on repeat and thought it was the best song ever,” she said. For Zaina and Stevii, Death Cab was a special language they used to communicate. “We used to quote Transatlanticism to each other a lot. When she moved away I think I even quoted it in my goodbye letter to her.”