The Blue EP follows up Death Cab for Cutie’s latest full length, Thank You For Today, which was released in the summer of 2018 and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Alternative Charts, and also became the band’s first No. 1 album on the Billboard Vinyl Charts. The band announced The Blue EP in July 2019 with the release of “Kids In 99,” a song that recalls the Olympic Pipeline Explosion in 1999, an event that happened during one of their earliest rehearsals as a band in their hometown of Bellingham, WA. “To The Ground” and “Before The Bombs” were recorded during the album sessions for Thank You For Today and produced by Rich Costey. “Kids In 99” and “Blue Bloods” were produced by Peter Katis.