Expanded Give Up 10th Anniversary Tour Plays To Huge Crowds, Rave Reviews
(Seattle, WA June 18, 2013) The Postal Service has unveiled its new video for “A Tattered Line Of String” today at http://youtu.be/K2xNj630NBU. The arresting and dreamlike clip finds one of two previously unreleased songs from the Give Up Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition (Sub Pop) transformed by Parisian video team AB/CD/CD (Lily Allen, Factory Floor) into a surreal tale of longing and laundry.
The Postal Service has also confirmed that it will finally make its television debut, performing on TV for the first time ever Wednesday, June 19 on The Colbert Report.
The ongoing 10th anniversary tour commemorating the Give Up Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition recently blew through New York, selling nearly 30,000 tickets over a two-night stand at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center that elicited rave reviews including:
“The place wasn’t tiny; it was the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and the arena was sold out for the first of two shows there. It’s at least an order of magnitude larger than the places the Postal Service played when it last toured a decade ago — a sign of the band’s continually spreading influence… these were oldies that sounded perfectly current, and perfectly settled. There was no need to tamper with an accurate prophecy.”–THE NEW YORK TIMES
“If last night’s Barclays Center show, part of a tour thrown to celebrate the reissue of Give Up, proved anything, it’s that their fans love them just as much as they ever have… the band’s arena-sized show managed to sound current despite its sentimental undertones – and relevant even to today’s indie-pop landscape, for that matter… at Barclays’ 18,000-seat venue, the show became about purging (feelings! memories!) en masse. Everyone from the VIP to the far-reaching corners of the stadium sang along to ‘Such Great Heights,’ aligning the starry emotions beaming out from their loving, freckled eyes with the distant glare reflected from Gibbard’s guitar… drowning in the echoes of the thousands of fans singing back to them, I thought about how absolutely laughable the idea of a successor was. No one could ever be the Postal Service except for the Postal Service.”–ROLLING STONE
“I assure you that I’m not using the word ‘miraculous’ lightly. Before last night, the only other time Gibbard and Tamborello had played NYC was over a decade earlier at the 600-capacity Bowery Ballroom. To say that the sold out 18,000-capacity Barclays Center is a step up would be a slight understatement. It was a testament to the power of nostalgia, but also Ben Gibbard’s ability to write a damn good pop song. Looking at the duo on stage, with Jenny Lewis in tow, their astonishment at the situation was also palpable… everyone at Barclays Center shared something intimate and close to the heart. We collectively let each other in on a little secret we’ve kept hidden in car stereos, mixtapes, and iPods for a the last ten years. To be able to do that with 18,000 people simultaneously is something altogether astounding.”–CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
The Postal Service’s 2013 anniversary tour is arguably the single most hotly anticipated reunion of the year, selling out theaters, clubs, amphitheaters and arenas the world over, including the Greek Theatre in Berkeley and New York’s Barclays Center where second dates were added by popular demand, as well as Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, London, Manchester, Detroit, Atlanta, Boise, Orlando, Columbus, and one of two upcoming Kansas City dates. The tour’s final leg begins July 16 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC, and will include stops in Portland, Seattle, Santa Barbara, San Diego, St. Paul, and a pair of two night stands in Los Angeles and Berkeley, CA before concluding August 3 at Lollapalooza in Chicago.
The 10th anniversary dates reunite Postal Service principals Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello with Jenny Lewis, who appeared on the original 2003 album and tour. Lewis also sings on the new “A Tattered Line Of String” and “Turn Around” on the Give Up Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition. Laura Burhenn (Mynabirds, Bright Eyes) rounds out the current touring lineup.
Give Up was certified platinum last year just shy of 10 years from its original February 9, 2003 release. Led by the single ”Such Great Heights,” the landmark album is, after Nirvana’s Bleach, the second-biggest selling album in Sub Pop’s 25-year history.
THE POSTAL SERVICE
06/18/13 Tue – Columbia MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion +
07/13/13 Sat – Salt Lake City UT @ The Saltair
07/16/13 Tues – Vancouver BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre %
07/17/13 Wed – Portland OR @ Rose Garden Arena %
07/18/13 Thu — Seattle WA @ Key Arena %
07/20/13 Sat — Santa Barbara CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl %
07/21/13 Sun — San Diego CA @ SDSU Open Air Theater %
07/23/13 Tue — Los Angeles CA @ Greek Theater %
07/24/13 Wed — Los Angeles CA @ Greek Theater ^
07/26/13 Fri – Berkeley CA @ Greek Theater (SOLD OUT) %
07/27/13 Sat – Berkeley CA @ Greek Theater
07/30/13 Tues – Kansas City MO @ Midland Theater #
07/31/13 Wed – Kansas City MO @ Midland Theater (SOLD OUT) #
08/02/13 Fri – St. Paul MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium #
08/03/13 Sat — Chicago IL @ Lollapalooza
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