Ben Gibbard's going solo, not Postal. At least for now.
When I was reporting on last week's cover story on The Head and the Heart's success with Sub Pop, I took a minute to ask the label's vice president, Megan Jasper, if The Postal Service -- the hugely popular side project featuring producer Jimmy Tamborello and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard -- still had another record on their contract. Yes, the band does owe Sub Pop a follow-up to its 2003 debut, Give Up.
Megan Jasper: There is another record on their contract. But I mean, it was really fun working with them when we did. It would be really fun to work on another record with them.
Has he ever played you any of the Postal Service stuff he's working on
He's never played it for me, but he has sent stuff to Tony Kiewel who's their A&R person.
So, there you have it. Not only do The Postal Service have new tunes kicking around -- which Gibbard told us about last year (see below) -- but their contract calls for another album. But as you can tell from Jasper's tone, the label isn't pressuring the boys to produce, even though another Postal Service album would mean massvie sales. Here's what Gibbard had to say about that idea last year:
SW: Are you gonna do another record?
Gibbard: Maybe someday. It's never been an active project. Our attitude hasn't changed about it since we first made the record, that it was meant to be a side project, that it was a fun thing to do. Never say never, but I don't think anybody should be holding their breath that you know, they're going to get a new record in 2012 or something like that.
Even though there would be guaranteed album sales right out the gate?
I don't want to do it for that reason. I want to do it because we have some really good songs and we're exciting about working together.
We have songs here and there we've been working on. But, you know, until it seems like the right time to do it, we won't. That's not to say that that day won't come. I don't want to close the book on it, you know?
Like Gibbard said, don't hold your breath. He's been busy with his solo album, Former Lives, which drops on October 16.