According Death Cab For Cutie bassist Nick Harmer, the lyrics to "Home Is A Fire" are about "redefining familiar space." So when he was looking for visuals to accompany the song, he turned to Shepard Fairey, an artist whose work revolves around that particular theme.
Fairey, whose OBEY street murals adorn city walls all over the world, takes the viewer on a visual trip through Los Angeles, where we find the lyrics to the song stenciled and pasted around the city. The lyrics and video seem to speak directly to the experience of living in LA: "Cars on the freeway/ tempting a clean break/ There's nowhere left to go."
But dig a little deeper and you'll find that both the song and video delve into themes universal to all: the comfort and claustrophobia of home, the freedom and confinement of open spaces. The use of street art contains another duality, as Fairey explains: "We wanted the viewer to experience the urban environment in a very real and intimate way that celebrates that one person’s wart is another’s beauty mark."