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The Postal Service Biography

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Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
Years Active: 2001–2005 (hiatus)
Genres: Indie Pop, Electropop, Electronica, IDM

The Postal Service is a west coast American electronic indie pop band composed of vocalist Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and producer Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel and Headset. The group formed after Gibbard contributed vocals for a song called "(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan" from Dntel's album “Life Is Full of Possibilities.” The band's name was chosen due to the way in which it produced its songs. Tamborello wrote and performed instrumental tracks and then sent the tapes to Gibbard, who edited the song as he saw fit (adding his vocals along the way), sending them back to Tamborello via the United States Postal Service.

The band's debut album, “Give Up,” was released in February 2003. Several songs on the album feature guest vocals from Jenny Lewis, the solo artist and lead singer of Rilo Kiley, as well as vocals from indie rock musician Jen Wood. Dntel and Chris Walla produced the album. The album was the Sub Pop label's most successful release since Nirvana's debut album “Bleach.”

The album's most well-known single was "Such Great Heights," which is featured in advertisements for UPS and Kaiser Permanente. The song was covered by Iron and Wine and was featured on the soundtrack for the film “Garden State,” as well as a commercial for M&M's. It was later covered by Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds, The Scene Aesthetic, Brack Cantrell, The Shins, and Streetlight Manifesto. The song "We Will Become Silhouettes" was featured in the trailer for the movie “Funny People.” In 2004, the song "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" was featured in the soundtrack of the 2004 film “D.E.B.S.”