The Postal Service - Comerica Theatre - 4/18/13
The Postal Service's reunion is still fresh. The band played its first live show on April 9, the day the Give Up reissue was released in honor of The Postal Service's 10-year anniversary.
Photos by Melissa Fossum Ben Gibbard of The Postal Service performs at Comerica Theatre Thursday night.
The reunion news was sudden and raised some questions. First and foremost, would the reunited Postal Service be any good? Since the Postal Service split, Ben Gibbard has been busy with Death Cab for Cutie, and Jenny Lewis has been wrapped up with her solo work. Would the duo have any chemistry? Dating a bandmate is always awkward.
The short answers: Yes, it was good and, no, it wasn't awkward.
In fact, Gibbard and Lewis' chemistry was key to the show. Whenever the multi-instrumentalists were playing guitars, they'd inch toward the middle of the stage and face each other for a playful moment. Their vocal harmonies sounded better than ever and the songs were performed with a youthful enthusiasm that belied their decade off. Perhaps it's because it's still early in the tour, but the novelty has not worn off: The reunited Postal Service managed just the right mix of newness and nostalgia.
Jenny Lewis of The Postal Service at Comerica Theatre Thursday night.
Opening with "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight," "We Will Become Silhouettes," and "Sleeping In," The Postal Service's set initially focused on slow, intimate songs. Things picked up a little bit for "Turn Around," one of the new songs included on the reissue.
The audience's anticipation continued to build and came to a head with "Clark Gable," as fans enthusiastically sang along to the director's orders.
Give Up has 10 songs, which would make for a pretty short setlist. The band played a few new songs, as well as a cover from "The greatest band to ever exist," according to Gibbard, who introduced Beat Happening's "Our Secret."
Another new song, "A Tattered Line of String," was more upbeat than The Postal Service's classic material, but it sounded good live and would have made a great transition to "Natural Anthem," the last song before the encore break. In between them sat "Such Great Heights," which started slow and quickly sped up, then returned to its usual speed as Gibbard began singing.