The Postal Service reunites

By Sarah Contreras

After years of beseeching the gods, music lovers’ prayers were answered yesterday: The Postal Service is reuniting.

The band updated its website over the weekend to read “The Postal Service 2013.” Sub Pop Records, the band’s record label, issued a news release confirming that a 10th anniversary deluxe reissue of the band’s only album, “Give Up,” is on the way.

There is also a possible string of live tour dates on the horizon.

The Postal Service, composed of Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Jimmy Tamborello, also known as Dntel, first found fame when the band’s album “Give Up” debuted. The album gained critical acclaim and quickly obtained prestige amongst indie fans.

However, after enjoying a short stint of touring, Gibbard and Tamborello resumed work with their separate endeavors.

Though The Postal Service has been silent for a while, Gibbard and Tamborello have remained plenty busy. Since 2003, Gibbard released three more Death Cab for Cutie albums and a debut solo album in 2012.

Tamborello released two albums as Dntel and became the host of a regular internet radio show called Dying Songs.

In October 2012, more than nine years after its release, Sub Pop announced that “Give Up” was certified platinum.

In other words, the album at last sold more than 1 million copies. “Give Up” is the second Sub Pop album to achieve platinum status, with the first being Nirvana’s “Bleach.”

Now, it is confirmed The Postal Service will appear at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Los Angeles.

Whether or not actual new music will be released remains to be seen; Gibbard said in an interview, “There are no plans to make a second record. I can’t say that enough.”

Perhaps the reissue will feature bonus tracks? For now, the web is full of speculation.