The Postal Service search for a new celebrity member in bizarre 'Zoom Auditions'

Band members lent their ears' to prospective musicians, and encouraged people to vote

October 7, 2020

The Postal Service held some pretty unconventional Zoom auditions this morning. The cavalcade of goofy performances from Huey Lewis, Duff McKagan and Rick Springfield were in coordination with HeadCount’s “Make Your Vote Count” campaign.

Band members Ben Gibbard, Jimmy Tamborello, and Jenny Lewis heard from prominent musicians and actors who were vying for a spot in the group. Perhaps guests were hoping to reach “Such Great Heights”?

Huey Lewis tried his hand remixing a Postal Service song with his harmonica, and epically failed. Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords with a stilted and weak acoustic number that was heavy with accent (apparently). Saturday Night Live alum Vanessa Bayer’s audition was barely audible, but apparently the band’s record executive enjoyed it!

The video aims to encourage people to vote early. HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. They reach young people and music fans where they already are – at concerts and online – to inform and empower.

It’s not the band’s first politically charged idea. Leadman Ben Gibbard was one of the many performers at the remote edition of the Democratic National Convention and lent his support to the U.S. Postal Service with a performance of the band’s song “Such Great Heights.”

“I think more than any election in my lifetime, this one is of paramount importance,” he said in the clip. “One of the many institutions outside of Democracy at its very core that is under fire is that of the United States Postal Service.”

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