Friday, 29 February 2008
Jimmy Tamborello wrote and performed instrumental tracks and then sent the DATs to Ben Gibbard (from Death Cab For Cutie), who edited the song and added his vocals, then sent them back to Tamborello via the United States Postal Service. Hence the name of the band.
The United States Postal Service later sued the band for use of their name. After negotiations the USPS agreed to let the band use the trademark in exchange for promotional efforts on behalf of the USPS and a performance at its annual National Executive Conference. Which was nice of them.
Anyhow, the album Give Up is a nice mix of electonica with some indie guitars thrown in by Chris Walla, also from Death Cab For Cutie and who also produced the album.
In January 2006, Josh Melnick and Xander Charity, who had produced the 'Such Great Heights' video, created a similar looking TV spot for Apple. Gibbard said: "It has recently come to our attention that Apple Computers' new television commercial for the Intel chip features a shot-for-shot recreation of our video for 'Such Great Heights' made by the same filmmakers responsible for the original. We did not approve this commercialization and are extremely disappointed with both parties that this was executed without our consultation or consent."
Check it out.