The Postal Service Reunion was Ten Years Coming. Do you Feel Old Yet?
If you are in or around your mid-twenties, this probably isn't the first time you've felt the cold hands of classic-rockdom closing around your neck. (For me, it was seeing a Garden State DVD on the bargain shelf at an FYE. And then, right afterward, it was thinking, "Man, I can't believe I used to buy DVDs.") But the Coachella-driven Postal Service reunion is hitting my cohort pretty hard. Not because we don't enjoy The Postal Service--because a band from our youth had to reunite.
Ben Gibbard and the guy who isn't from Death Cab (Jimmy Tamborello, so you don't have to look it up) released Give Up, much to my surprise, 10 years ago next month. Learning that--that Give Up is as old now as In Utero was when Give Up came out--forced me to reevaluate my whole iTunes library. (Man, I can't believe people used to have iTunes libraries.)
That makes Owl City and the other Postal Serviettes post-grunge, I guess, which makes sense enough; it puts their disproportionate influence over contemporary pop, whether you're in favor of it or not, into a more manageable perspective.
It also makes this video's brief run-in with Apple, after the filmmakers replicated their clean-room video for a Macbook ad--which happened a year before the iPhone, if you're looking for an anchor--going on seven years old.
None of this is to say I really feel old--at least, not because of The Postal Service. People who actually do feel old would berate me if I did, and I can think of few less-appealing ways to face mortality than filtered through the age of your first indie rock album.
But so long as music is dominated by the idea of youth and newness--whether it's the mainstream's explicit hammering on it or the weightless boy-girl dynamics of a Postal Service lyric--every generation is going to run into this weird feeling eventually.