Death Cab for Cutie frontman delivers for The Postal Service (Created July 5, 2013)
Could a side project involving the frontman for another band and a producer who lived some 1,135 miles away really succeed? If you're Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and eletro-pop producer Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel), the answer was a resounding yes.
If you don't know the duo behind The Postal Service, let's take a trip down memory lane to when Gibbard and Tamborello met in 2001. It was then that Gibbard contributed vocals to a song on Dntel's "Life is Full of Possibilities" album and the two decided they would one day collaborate on their own project. The only problem? Tamborello lived in L.A. and Gibbard took up residence in Seattle.
When you think of the technology available today, it might seem foolish or even downright laughable that time and space posed a problem for these two men – one they (literally) overcame by sending unfinished tracks via what we know today as 'Snail Mail.' The end result rolled out in 2003 as "Give Up," and the first single officially released was "Such Great Heights." The project, as well as two other EPs ("The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" and "We Will Become Silhouettes") all had long runs on the college charts while racking up more than 650,000 units sold.
While it didn't seem funny at the time, it remains written in the annals of The Postal Service that the duo was actually issued a cease-and-desist order by the United States Postal Service over the rights to its name. But once the guys performed at a USPS company function, the order was eventually dropped.
Though it's been awhile since we've heard from Gibbard and Tamborello, The Postal Service website was updated in early 2013 to reflect a rerelease of "Give Up," including two new songs with Jenny Lewis. The guys also announced an extended world tour, and released their first new tracks in ten years called "A Tattered Line of String" and "Turn Around
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