The tragic events in Orlando weighed on the band's mind as a fight broke out at the venue.

By Hayden Wright for

On June 15th, video surfaced of Death Cab for Cutie appearing to suddenly abort a show in Charleston, SC. Frontman Ben Gibbard tossed a mic stand to the ground and abruptly stormed off during “Soul Meets Body,” near the end of the set.

Fans and writers weren’t sure what to make of the footage, which some described as a “breakdown.” Death Cab’s Nick Harmer spoke to Billboard to clarify what happened—attributing the sudden shutdown to a perfect storm of stress, technical failures and a fight in the crowd.

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“It’s kind of a non-story really,” said Harmer. “It got spun as we left the stage mid-set. It was the last 20 seconds of the last song and all of Ben’s equipment failed at the exact kind of unrelated moment there was a giant fight in front of us.”

Harmer added that recent headlines had the band on edge in a public, open setting.

“We would’ve finished the song but we’re all feeling a little skittish after Orlando and things were just — we weren’t sure what was happening. Suddenly, there was this moment in the crowd where we don’t see this kind of energy happen in front of us,” he said.

“It’s kind of scary, so we stop as a band thinking somebody’s hurt or something’s happening, but that also just happened to coincide with the same other thing that was happening with Ben and all of his gear problems.”

Watch footage from the set here:


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