The group formed after Ben Gibbard contributed vocals for a song by Jimmy Tamborello called "(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan", from the Dntel album Life Is Full of Possibilities.
The song sparked an EP of remixes by other artists, such as Lali Puna, The Flaming Lips, Safety Scissors, Barbara Morgenstern and Superpitcher, and was so well-received that the two artists decided to further collaborate.
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The band released their debut album, Give Up, in 2003 on Sub Pop Records, to mostly positive reviews.
The album reached number 114 on the US Billboard 200 album chart, and received platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.
Gibbard said that both he and Tamborello do not see it as a priority in light of their main projects, Death Cab for Cutie and Dntel, respectively.
He said, "The anticipation of the second record has been a far bigger deal for everybody except the two of us...
We work from time to time together but we have other things that take up all of our time." In November 2012, Ben Gibbard posted on his Twitter account that there are "no plans" to produce another Postal Service record, and did not cite any specific reason for this statement, other than the fact that multiple fans questioned if there was going to be a second album.
It was later confirmed that the image on the band's site portended that the band's debut, Give Up, would receive a ten-year anniversary re-issue featuring a 15-song disc of rarities, including two new songs with Jenny Lewis to be released on April 9, 2013.
Several songs on the album feature guest vocals from Lewis, as well as vocals from indie rock musician Jen Wood.
Tamborello and Gibbard's Death Cab for Cutie bandmate Chris Walla produced the album, with Walla also playing the guitar and piano on several tracks.
star, 32, and Death Cab for Cutie crooner, 36, were divorced on Dec.