The Postal Service made their television debut last night on The Colbert Report with songs from the recently-released 10th anniversary edition of their 2003 album Give Up. Clad in all black, the duo (augmented with a touring band that includes former Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis) bounced nervously on the stage, Ben Gibbard with his guitar and Jimmy Tamborello behind his computers. But the twosome loosened up when they launched into “Such Great Heights,” urging the studio audience to clap along.
In a web-only exclusive, the Postal Service stuck around to perform “A Tattered Line of String,” a new song off the reissue for which the Postal Service released a video earlier this week. Gibbard played a scratchy guitar line, and Lewis brought the synth-heavy song to life with elegant backup vocals.