The Postal Service celebrated the tenth anniversary of the release of their album Give Up by going on the road for a highly anticipated anniversary tour. Luckily for me, they played a show at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, which I attended on Monday night. Although the band consists of four seemingly introverted musicians (Ben Gibbard, Jenny Lewis, Jimmy, Jimmy Tamborello, Laura Burhenn) the group still won over the crowd with their endearing stage presence and adorable, albeit nerdy dance moves.
The Postal Service took the stage with their popular hit, “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight.” The light and stage set-up really complimented the “indietronica” sound of the song. The band played every song on the record including new songs from the re-released album. They also played a cover of Beat Happening’s song “Our Secret,” as well as a cover of Dntel’s song “(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan” as part of their two song encore. The final song was “Brand New Colony” and the band instructed the crowd to sing along to the song’s meaningful final lyrics: “Everything will change, ooo…”
The nice thing about the concert was that the band seemed really appreciative of their fans, and even attributed the anniversary tour to the fans’ perseverance. The highlights of the night included finally seeing the live performance of “Such Great Heights,” and especially finally seeing Jenny Lewis in concert. And I boldly proclaim the Mann Center is the best place for a summer concert in Philadelphia. Yeah, I said it.
On Wednesday night, the Postal Service made their television debut on the Colbert Report. They explained how they got the name “The Postal Service” and they played some songs!
Check it out here: