Last Wednesday night brought the ten-years-in-the-making tour of The Postal Service to the Midland in Kansas City. When I found out that The Postal Service are not making a stop in St Louis, I knew I had to make the 250+ mile drive to Kansas City to see the band.
Give Up, the only album produced by the band, way back in 2003, remains a seminal and sentimental favorite among many of us who discovered and fell in love with music in the early aughts. Listening to the songs again bring back certain beautiful memories of our first musical discoveries. As such, finally seeing Ben Gibbard, Jenny Lewis, and Jimmy Tamborello (along with new touring member Laura Burhenn) come together to play these songs feels like revisiting old friends. Ten years later, Ben still has those awkward dance moves, Jenny still charms all the boys in the room, and Jimmy ever remains the coolest guy who makes those bleep blop sounds. As Ben says during the show, The Postal Service may be a temp job, but all of us have worked those temp jobs and thus everything feels familiar. And for that one night, we were transported back to those early magical years.
Nostalgia started early in the night when another early aughts favorite of mine, Mates of State, opened the stage. Playing a familiar mix of old favorites as well as testing material for a presumably new record, Mates of State brings a comfortable and familiar sense of indie pop for all to enjoy.
Browse the gallery of photos I took from the show as well as stream the videos I took of Mates of State playing a new song and The Postal Service attaining Such Great Heights.