Postal Service to mark 10th anniversary of debut album with reunion tour

Cult collaboration between Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello will be renewed at Coachella festival, with further dates to follow

Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard has announced a reunion of the Postal Service, his popular, short-lived collaboration with Jimmy Tamborello.

A decade after Gibbard and Tamborello made Give Up, their only album, the synthpop duo will embark on a reunion tour. The Postal Service are confirmed to be playing at April's Coachella festival, Billboard reported, with "additional dates and festivals" to be announced.

There is also an anniversary reissue of Give Up in the pipeline. Sub Pop is releasing the "deluxe edition" next month, though details have yet to be revealed.

While Gibbard is still best known as Death Cab for Cutie's lead singer and Tamborello continues to record under the name Dntel, the Postal Service has had a surprisingly lasting impact on their careers. The brief collaboration, conducted mostly by email, inspired tributes by the Shins and Iron & Wine, and Give Up was named one of the best albums of the 2000s by Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. Despite reaching no higher than No 114 in the US charts it has sold more than 1m copies, making it the only platinum release in Sub Pop's catalogue other than Nirvana's Bleach.

For years, Postal Service fans have clamoured for a second LP. "It will come out eventually, or maybe it won't," Gibbard told Rolling Stone in 2008. "[It] is threatening to become the Chinese Democracy of indie rock." In October 2012, the singer clarified the situation further by adding that there are "no plans" for a new release.


Sean Michaels

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