While The Postal Service sent many hearts aflutter yesterday with the suggestion that the group might be releasing their first new music in 17 years, the project they teased has instead turned out to be something even more important: a star-studded public service announcement in support of voting initiative Headcount.org.
The 18-minute clip features “Dave from Sub Pop” (a fake label employee played by comedian Jon Daly) in a Zoom session. Dave’s job is to convince the group’s Jenny Lewis, Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello that The Postal Service should reunite, add a bunch of new members (“This version with three dorks just bopping around on stage just doesn’t have enough movement!”) and take to the road in order to get the word out about voting.
After the band shuts down the idea of a maskless tour, they go on to screen all of the would-be new members, with auditions coming from Slash and Duff McKagen of Guns N’ Roses, Huey Lewis, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Big Freedia, Saturday Night Live‘s Vanessa Bayer, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Patton Oswald, Rick Springfield and more.
Postal Service covers are delivered by luminaries including Kenny G and Anne Hathaway, the latter of whom shows up late and accidentally performs the Iron & Wine cover of “Such Great Heights.”
Watch the clip below.