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
Death Cab Announces New Lineup, New Album, New Tour?
Well, Death Cab for Cutie fans, we have good news and bad news. Which do you want first? The bad news? Guitarist Chris Walla just announced that he’s leaving the band after 17 fun-filled years. He is quoted as saying he “longs for the unknown”, which means he needs a world in which he is…Read more
date city state venue 4/9/2013 Reno NV Grand Sierra Resort and Casino 4/10/2013 Davis CA Mondavi Center 4/12/2013 San Luis Obispo CA Alex Madonna Expo Center 4/12/2013 Indio CA Empire Polo Club 4/15/2013 Pomona CA Fox Theater Pomona 4/18/2013 Phoenix AZ Comerica Theatre 4/19/2013 Indio CA Empire Polo Club 4/19/2013 Las Vegas NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 5/18/2013 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Academy 5/19/2013 London London O2 Academy Brixton 5/20/2013 London London O2 Academy Brixton 5/21/2013 Paris Ile Le Trianon 5/22/2013 Barcelona Catalonia Parc del Forum 5/24/2013 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 5/26/2013 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 5/27/2013 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 5/28/2013 Boise ID Knitting Factory Concert House 5/29/2013 Magna UT The Great Saltair 6/1/2013 Houston TX Eleanor Tinsley Park 6/2/2013 Cedar Park TX Cedar Park Center 6/3/2013 Grand Prairie TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 6/5/2013 Orlando FL Hard Rock Live 6/6/2013 Atlanta GA Fox Theatre 6/7/2013 Raleigh NC Red Hat Amphitheater 6/8/2013 Columbus OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion 6/10/2013 Detroit MI The Fillmore Detroit 6/11/2013 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 6/12/2013 Boston MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 6/14/2013 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 6/15/2013 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 6/17/2013 Philadelphia PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts 6/18/2013 Columbia MD Merriweather Post Pavilion 7/13/2013 Magna UT The Great Saltair 7/15/2013 Spokane WA Knitting Factory Concert House 7/16/2013 Vancouver BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre 7/17/2013 Portland OR Moda Center 7/18/2013 Seattle WA Key Arena 7/20/2013 Santa Barbara CA Santa Barbara Bowl 7/21/2013 San Diego CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre 7/23/2013 Los Angeles CA Greek Theatre 7/24/2013 Los Angeles CA Greek Theatre 7/26/2013 Berkeley CA Greek Theatre - Berkeley 7/27/2013 Berkeley CA Greek Theatre - Berkeley 7/30/2013 Kansas City MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland 7/31/2013 Kansas City MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland 8/2/2013 Chicago IL Grant Park 8/2/2013 Saint Paul MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium 8/3/2013 Chicago IL Grant Park 8/3/2013 Chicago IL Grant Park