The Postal Service Reuniting, Coachella May be First Performance
It’s been almost exactly 10 years since The Postal Service released their first and only record, Give Up, and despite a decade of denying reunion rumors, the band looks like it’s finally ready to return, posting “The Postal Service 2013” on their website.
Brooklyn Vegan also posted an old press photo of the two members of the group (Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and electronic artist Jimmy Tamborello, better known as Dntel) with the headline “Postal Service reunion in the works.” However, the site also posted a tag for “Coachella,” leading many to speculate the group will return to the stage at the April festival.
It’s been quite the eventful 10 years since Give Up came out, particularly for Gibbard. He released four Death Cab for Cutie records, the latter three of which were on a major label, surprising some longtime fans of the band. He also married (and was later divorced from) movie and TV actress Zooey Deshanel. Dntel apparently released six albums during that time.
Perhaps more importantly, The Postal Service has seemed to move from indie-darlings to being the target of wrath from the hipster community to being once again accepted by said hipster community. Which makes the timing of the reunion make all the more sense, though it still doesn’t explain why Gibbard spent all those years talking about why we would never see a new Postal Service record.
“There are no plans to make a second record… I can’t say that enough,” Gibbard told Spinner in October of last year. “I find that making music in computers involves a lot of mouse time… I don’t have an aesthetic for that… I’m much more interested in playing music than creating it.”
Maybe that last part is the explanation – perhaps the reunion will only consist of live performances, though the music is much more suited to an album format, and it’d be great to hear new recordings.