Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service Co-Headline 2023 Tour

Indie bands Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service join forces to headline a 2023 tour together. The tour is to commemorate 20 years of two iconic albums that were released in 2003- Give Up by The Postal Service and Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie. Ben Gibbard, who is part of both bands, will do double duty and perform for the two groups. 

Ben Gibbard initially began Death Cab for Cutie as a solo act. A band formed around him after he managed to secure a record deal. The band currently consists of member’s Nick Harmer, Dave Depper, Zac Rae, and Jason McGerr. The group’s name arises from a song by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Death Cab for Cutie released their first album in 1998 and have since gone on to release nine more, with their tenth studio album, Asphalt Meadows being released last year. In this time, they have not abandoned their sense of experimentation and their keenly sensitive lyrics. Among their ten albums, 2003 saw the release of one of their most beloved records- Transatlanticism.

Transatlanticism is a concept album that focuses on long distance romance. Gibbard’s lyrics depict the struggle that this so often brings about, which is matched by the sparse and minimalistic instrumentation on the album. The title of the album mentions this long distance concept as well.

Just a few months earlier, Ben Gibbard had released another album that would grow to be a classic-Postal Service’s Give Up. The Postal Service consists of Ben Gibbard, Jimmy Tamborello, and Jenny Lewis. The band’s name comes from the process they used to compose the songs. Due to their differing schedules, it would often be hard for all the members to meet up together in the studio. Instead, Tamborello would record the instrumentals for the album and mail the digital tapes to Gibbard through the post office. Gibbard would add in vocals and mix it and then mail them back. 

Give Up instrumentally was a mix of indie, electronic and synth pop music. The band took inspiration from albums such as Bjork’s Homogenic. The lyrics focused on themes of family, friendship and love. From the album, “Such Great Heights” and “We Will Become Silhouettes” would go on to become fan favourites. Ben Gibbard described “Such Great Heights” as the first positive love song that he had written. It would later go on to be covered by indie act Iron and Wine. 

“I know for a fact I will never have a year again like 2003. The Postal Service record came out, Transatlanticism came out. These two records will be on my tombstone, and I’m totally fine with that. I’ve never had a more creatively inspired year.” 

Ben Gibbard looking back on 2003

With 2023 marking the 20th anniversary of both of these albums, both Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service decided to go on tour together. The tour begins on Sep.8 in Portland and continues all the way to October. On the way the band make stops at iconic arenas such as Madison Square Garden and The Hollywood Bowl. The tour will see the bands perform both of their iconic albums in full. For more info regarding the tour and tickets, check out

Death Cab for Cutie: Instagram Facebook Spotify YouTube

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Anannya Matin Author
Beef Enthusiast. I do photography and write about movies @bakshe_bondi
Anannya Matin Author
Beef Enthusiast. I do photography and write about movies @bakshe_bondi

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