The idea of a group was formed after the success of the song "(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan" which is a song from Life Is Full of Possibilities, an album by Dntel. Gibbard did the vocals on that song which was remixed by many artists including The Flaming Lips and Safety Scissors. After the response it received, Tamborello and Gibbard decided to work together to produce more songs.
The Postal Service didn’t produce their songs under one roof like most bands do. Tamborello produced instrumental tracks written by himself. The Digital Audio Tapes or DATs were sent to Gibbard who edited them according to his preference, while adding his own vocals before sending them back to Tamborello using United States postal service. Jimmy Lewis did temporary vocals on some of their songs as he and Tamborello were living in the same apartment complex. After working with them for some time, Lewis became a full fledge member of the group and performs with them on nearly all of their live performances.
After some time together the band released their first album titled Give Up which was produced by Chris Walla and Dntel. It featured guest vocals by Lewis, who was at that time the lead singer of Rilo Kiley. Both Tamborello and Gibbard were working with their own bands even at that time but still managed to do a concert tour with intentions of doing more in the future as their album was being well received. Sub Pop was the label with which they had released the album and for them it was their second most successful album since Bleach by Nirvana.
United States Postal Service sent a cease and desist letter to the band in August 2003 due their usage of their trademark ‘postal service’. The band agreed to promote USPS and perform at their National Executive Conference. The USPS relented shortly after the negotiations. The Postal Service group was highly disappointed when music video producers Josh Melnick and Xander Charity made a music video for Apple Inc and Intel which used footage similar to their video of the song "Such Great Heights". They didn’t mention the band or any of their performances anywhere in the video but The Postal Service did not take any legal action against them even after all that.
Since their first album, fans around the world had been waiting for their second. The band constantly updated their website by stating that they are working slowly. In November 2012, Gibbard stated that there were no plans for release of their second album. The band will simply do a re-issue of their first album with two new songs by Lewis followed by a world tour.
Although, The Postal Service has not produced a new album, their debut album contained some sensational songs. ‘Such Great Heights’ was a great success and it was from that album. There have been many electronic music groups in the past but The Postal Service even with one album has been very successful. They have also done remixes for many artists which include Rolling Stones.
The Postal Service consists of artists that have been in the music industry since years. They know how to perform well in front of a huge audience. If you appreciate electronic music then you should buy The Postal Service Tickets for your friends and family today.