With political chatter about the United States Postal Service growing louder over the last few weeks, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard has taken advantage of his side project The Postal Service to dedicate a performance of “Such Great Heights” to US postal workers.
During a recent livestream performance, Gibbard performed The Postal Service’s iconic track “Such Great Heights” while adding that it was a tribute to the USPS workers amid the ongoing drama surrounding the upcoming US presidential election.
“I think more than any election in my lifetime, this one is of paramount importance,” Gibbard said in the video. “And one of the many institutions outside of democracy that is very core that is under fire is that of the United States Postal Service.”
“For those who are not aware, I was in a band called The Postal Service. We put out a record in 2003 and we made this music by sending CDs back and forth to each other … We made a record using the United States Postal Service, so we called ourselves The Postal Service,” Gibbard added.
“I think in the midst of this global pandemic, nothing is more important than to being able to vote safely and securely and vote by mail has shown to be that over and over and over again.”
He added: “I’m going to play a song by The Postal Service and dedicate it to the Postal Service.”
The USPS has been the latest target of US President Donald Trump’s Twitter rants, with his latest claim being that the service has been “failing” for many years.
“The U.S. Post Office (System) has been failing for many decades,” Trump tweeted. “We simply want to MAKE THE POST OFFICE GREAT AGAIN, while at the same time saving billions of dollars a year for American Taxpayers. Dems don’t have a clue!”
Born out of a “casual collaboration,” The Postal Service consisted of singer Ben Gibbard, producer Jimmy Tamborello, and Jenny Lewis on background vocals. The group released their debut album Give Up in 2003, which featured lead single “Such Great Heights”.