The Postal Service's Big Return Is Just a Voting PSA

Featuring "Weird Al" Yankovic, Slash, Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords, Anne Hathaway and more

BY Alex HudsonPublished Oct 7, 2020

The Postal Service are, um, back? The electro-pop project of Benjamin Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (a.k.a. Dntel), along with backing vocalist Jenny Lewis, have been teasing an announcement, and now they've made the rather disappointing reveal: it's just a PSA video encouraging fans to vote in the upcoming U.S. election.

The 19-minute video is a comedic Zoom audition, in which the Postal Service court potential new members including "Weird Al" Yankovic, Slash and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses, Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords, Anne Hathaway, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., Huey Lewis, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Big Freedia, Caroline Polachek, comedians Vanessa Bayer and Patton Oswalt, Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces, and more.

The PSA was directed by Tom Scharpling. Jon Daly plays the fictional Sub Pop employee Dave, Jon Wurster plays a musician named Denny Rock, and Tim Robinson plays manager Frank Schøttendt.

The clip is for HeadCount's "Make Your Vote Count" campaign for early and mail-in voting. Watch it below.

As of press time, the top comment on YouTube is, "Dang...really thought we'd get new Postal Service."

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