Ben Gibbard performed two songs during a livestream concert for the 2020 Democratic National Convention. He played the Death Cab for a Cutie track ‘Northern Lights’ as well ‘Such Great Heights’, the hit song from his indie pop project The Postal Service, which he of course dedicated to the USPS. Check out his performance below.
“I think more than any election in my lifetime, this one is of paramount importance. And one of the many institutions outside of democracy that is very core that is under fire is that of the United States Postal Service,” Gibbard said during the livestream. “For those who are not aware, I was in a band called the Postal Service. We put out a record in 2003 and we made this music by sending CDs back and forth to each other … I think in the midst of this global pandemic, nothing is more important than to being able to vote safely and securely and vote by mail has shown to be that over and over and over again.”
As Stereogum notes, the US Postal Service originally sent a cease and desist notice to the band, but eventually agreed to give them free license to use the name in exchange for promoting them. The DNC also hosted performances from Billie Eilish, Maggie Rogers, Leon Bridges, Stephen Stills, Billy Porter, and John Legend.