The Postal Service (Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello), is reuniting for the 10th anniversary of its only album, 2003’s “Give Up.”
The group who have been inactive for many years now have recently updated their website with a graphic that reads, “The Postal Service 2013.” The reunion will see a deluxe edition of “Give Up” next month to commemorate the album’s 10-year anniversary, Since its release on Feb. 19, 2003, the record became Sub Pop’s second highest-selling album, next to Nirvana’s “Bleach.”
A tour is also in the works, the band is set to play at Coachella this year and additional dates and festivals are also in the works.
Whether the reunion means actual new music, however, remains in question. This past October, while promoting solo album Former Lives, Gibbard told Spinner, “There are no plans to make a second Postal Service record…I can’t say that enough.”
The Postal Service formed after Gibbard, the frontman of Death Cab For Cutie, contributed vocals to the song “(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan,” a 2002 song by producer Tamborello’s Dntel project. Gibbard and Tamborello decided to create a full album together, with Tamborello sending Gibbard instrumentals and the Death Cab frontman sending them back with vocals (hence the band’s name)
“Give Up” was released in February 2003 on Sub Pop, and quickly became a critical darling and cult classic. While “Give Up” has sold 1.07 million copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, a follow-up was never released.
In 2012, Gibbard released his debut solo album, “Former Lives,” while Dntel released a new full-length, “Aimlessness.”