The Postal Service Give Up? Ben Gibbard Says Band Played Its 'Last' Shows

Cryptic tweet leaves reunited indie-pop band's future in dobut

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The Postal Service's Jenny Lewis and Ben Gibbard perform at Lollapalooza Photo by FilmMagic
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This weekend in Chicago, The Postal Service played what could be their final shows ever. On Saturday afternoon, Ben Gibbard tweeted that the band's set at Lollapalooza that day and Sunday night show at Metro for an official festival afterparty "will be our very last. Please come celebrate with us!" According to Pitchfork, a rep for the band would only say that those concerts were the last ones scheduled at the moment.

Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello formed The Postal Service in the early 2000s as a side project separate from Death Cab For Cutie and Dntel, respectively), releasig their only album Give Up in 2003. That album has come to be regarded as a classic in some circles and became Sub Pop's second-ever platinum album last October. The two reunited for a summer tour that included marquee stops at Coachella, Primavera and Lolla, bringing their fluttering tracks to some of the biggest stages the world has to offer. Their show at Metro was livestreamed by Chicago radio station WXRT, though they have yet to post an archived recording of the show. As far as Death Cab goes, they will play their 2003 album Transatlanticism in full at Bumbershoot on August 31 and are, per Gibbard, working on a new album. Gibbard also recently reworked two Death Cab tracks in the image of the Postal Service as a part of Brett Nelson of Built to Spill's Electronic Anthology Project.

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