A music dream I never thought would come true was finally realized last Friday, as The Postal Service played a sold out show at Roy Wilkins Auditorium. The stop was the second to last on their reunion tour, 10 years after their one and only album, Give Up. Frontman Ben Gibbard joked, “If you want to be successful, play the 7th Street Entry and then wait 10 years.” (7th Street Entry, CANYOUEVENIMAGINEIT?)
Starting strong, the band launched into “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” and the moment the first few chords hit our eardrums, the crowd saw memories of its youth flashing before its eyes. The bass throbbed through our chests so intensely that I wasn’t sure if the reverb was the bass echoing or my own heart pounding with nostalgia.
Throughout the show, Ben Gibbard and Jenny Lewis danced in sync with one another, a playfulness to their movement and sound. Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) and Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds) made up the other half of the touring band. The 80-minute set was thrilling, heart-warming and all of the lyrics could be recited by the entire crowd – maybe because we had a decade to practice.
Set list: The District Sleeps Alone Tonight / We Will Become Silhouettes / Sleeping In / Turn Around / Nothing Better / Recycled Air / Be Still My Heart / Clark Gable / Our Secret (Beat Happening) / This Place is a Prison / There’s Never Enough Time / A Tattered Line of String / Such Great Heights / Natural Anthem // Encore: The Dream of Evan and Chan (Dntel) / Brand New Colony
Random Thoughts: I can now die happy / If you’re unfamiliar with the band, they are named after the mail carrier used in creating music together from different locations / Was bummed about Ben and Zooey splitting, but look, now we have New Girl and The Postal Service reunion #everythingforareason / I don’t even need to tell you anything more because how could this show not be awesome?