The Postal Service reunites, tour begins soon


While sending messages by mail has become an outdated version of communication, The Postal Service is back after a 10-year hiatus.

While the band hasn’t released a full-blown tour, on Monday, they announced 12 shows they will be performing. Most of them will be held on the West Coast, with the exception of New York City and four European concerts.

In mid-January, the band posted a graphic on their website that read, “The Postal Service 2013,” which created huge fan speculation that there would be a new album, they would be going on tour or both. It turns out that these predictions are semi-right.

Some of the dates include both weekends of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., andPrimavera Sound Festival in Barcelona.

And while there hasn’t been anything said about a new album, The Postal Service will be reissuing a deluxe edition of their only album, “Give Up,” on April 9. It will be available on two CDs or three LPs and it features the 10 original album songs and 15 bonus songs, including two brand new ones.

Sub Pop, the record label that released “Give Up” in 2003, has confirmed the release dates for the 10th anniversary album.

“I can’t believe the opportunity to see The Postal Service has finally been given to me. I was planning on going to Coachella anyway, but now I’m going for sure,” said Jake Pierce, a junior in public relations. “I’ve been following this band for a long time, and I’m excited to see what a live Postal Service performance will be like.”

The Postal Service is an electro indie duo that gained popularity with the release of their debut album “Give Up.” The group began when Ben Gibbard (from Death Cab For Cutie) provided the vocals for a song by Dntel, or Jimmy Tamborello. “(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan,” was so well received that the two decided to collaborate further. Thus, The Postal Service.

The group got its name through its production style. Tamborello created the instrumentals and sent the unfinished versions to Gibbard via snail mail. Gibbard would add the lyrics and edit the songs as he saw fit and then send them back to Tamborello.

“What is there to not like about The Postal Service?” Alex Silva, owner of a Gainesville-based music blog, said. “They are able to give us a totally different and unique kind of sound. Between the combination of the well-thought-out lyrics and the relaxing, down tempo beats, I feel that they created a new perspective for electronic music.”

The Postal Service tour dates:

April 9 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Theatre

April 10 – Davis, CA @ Mondavi Center

April 13 – Indio, CA @ Coachella

April 12 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Madonna Expo Center

April 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre

April 19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan

April 20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella

May 18 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2

May 20 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy

May 21 – Paris, FR @ Trianon

May 23 – Barcelona, SP @ Primavera Soundwave

June 14 – New York, NY @ Barclays


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