Unless you live in an alternate universe where Ben Gibbard doesn’t exist, you know The Postal Service are back, giving everyone who's turned to Give Up in the wake of a breakup something to smile about.
As music history has it, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie collaborated with Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello, sending demos with their additions back and forth using (you guessed it) the United States Postal Service. Tamborello created instrumental parts, burned the tracks on a CD to send to Gibbard, who added vocals, then mailed it back to Tamborello. The two carried on this way, with vocalist Jenny Lewis contributing to the demos, too, until Give Up became the ten-song, heartbreakingly amazing album it is.
That was a decade ago. For ten years, it seemed The Postal Service's run was a one-off, with no expectation of more music or any live shows to come. Fans resorted to listening to the album obsessively, thinking wishfully of such a reuinion to occur and sure enough, BLAMO! The big announcement came. Not only would a deluxe edition of Give Up be released with fifteen bonus tracks, including the never-before-heard “A Tattered Line of String,” but the band would also embark on a reunion tour.
If it's been your dream to have a sing-a-long to "Such Great Heights" with thousands of other Postal Service super fans, please do one of the following for your chance to win a pair of lawn tickets to the upcoming Merriweather Post Pavilion show on Tuesday, June 18:
1. Leave a comment below, using a valid email address, telling us the last time you sent mail using the USPS.
2. Tweet the following:
I'm entering to win tix to see The Postal Service at Merriweather Post Pavilion! @ChunkyGlasses #PSMPP
The lucky winner will be chosen this Wednesday morning, so be sure to enter before then! GOOD LUCK!
Not feeling lucky but don't want to miss the most exciting reuinion of 2013? Tickets are on sale here.