06.14.13 | The Postal Service & Mates of State | Barclays Center

When I was in high school, I was a big Death Cab for Cutie fan. I felt a natural affinity to Ben Gibbard, having spent a few formative years growing up in the same small Washington now he was from, before joining him in the more grown-up version of Seattle. When Give Up came out, I remember blasting the CD in my car, driving home from school, unabashedly singing "Ba-ba!" at the top of my lungs.

Though I have seen Death Cab for Cutie live many times, I jumped at the chance to see The Postal Service on this 10th anniversary tour. Sure, cynics may say that this tour is only happening because they need money, but I'd like to believe that they are giving us the long overdue tour that they owed us.

Opening the first night of a two-night run (Ra Ra Riot supports night 2) at the Barclays Center was Connecticut's Mates of State, featuring husband and wife duo, Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel. Starting promptly at 8pm, they busted into their enthusiastic pop-rock repertoire. They played a good mix of songs from newer albums as well as albums from earlier in their career, all without stopping to take a breath. Mates of State are the quintessential embodiment of male and female harmonizing, and their voices harmonized beautifully on songs like "Re-Arrange Us" and "Palomino".

One of the most highly anticipated shows, The Postal Service performance delivered on all that was expected and more. Ben Gibbard has matured into a commanding lead singer, dancing around the stage and engaging with the audience in ways he never could with Death Cab. Jenny Lewis, indie-rock sweetheart, could obviously do no wrong. The two of them had great on-stage presence, both commanding and enthralling the audience with their every move, and seeing them perform together on "Nothing Better" was a treat. Jimmy Tamborello oversaw the stage from behind the DJ stand and Laura Burhenn of the Mynabirds rounded out the line-up with supporting vocals and keyboard.
Ahead of its time, Give Up has touched so many and will continue to stand as a legacy in the indie-rock-electronica world.

Set List:
  1. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
  2. We Will Become Silhouettes
  3. Sleeping In
  4. Turn Around
  5. Nothing Better
  6. Recycled Air
  7. Be Still My Heart
  8. Our Secret (Beat Happening cover)
  9. This Place Is A Prison
  10. There’s Never Enough Time
  11. A Tattered Line of String
  12. Such Great Heights
  13. Natural Anthem


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  • Brand New Colony

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