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The Decemberists

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Portland, Oregon, United States (2000 – present)

The Decemberists are a band which formed in 2000 in Portland, Oregon, United States. The band currently consists of Colin Meloy (vocals, guitar), Chris Funk (guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, pedal steel guitar), Jenny Conlee (organ, piano, accordion), Nate Query (electric bass, acoustic bass, cello) and John Moen (drums). Notable former members include Rachel Blumberg (drums, vocals) and Jesse Emerson (bass). The band’s most recent album, The King Is Dead was released on 17 January 2011.

Named both in reference to the Russian Decembrist Revolt (they use the national anthem of the Soviet Union as an introduction at many concerts) and to the atmosphere associated with the month of December, the Decemberists write songs that range from upbeat pop to instrumentally lush ballads. They often employ instruments like the accordion, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer organ, and upright bass. In their lyrics, they eschew the angst and introspection common to modern rock, instead favoring a storytelling approach, as evidenced in songs such as “My Mother Was a Chinese Trapeze Artist” from the 5 Songs EP and “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” on Picaresque. Their songs convey tales ranging from whimsical (“Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect”) to epic (“The Tain”) to truly dark (“Odalisque”). They often invoke historical events and themes from around the world. Early in their career, The Decemberists’ musical and lyrical aesthetics frequently prompted critics to compare them to Neutral Milk Hotel.

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  • kluk_jako_buk

    It's about time they released something new.

    16 Apr 4:12pm Reply
  • blow_anartery

    New album this year plz? <3 [4]

    11 Apr 5:35am Reply
  • transparentman

    new album please. I will be giddy.

    17 Mar 2:48am Reply
  • leonarbe

    Not sure why most of the bands of the US, have to reinforce that they are from the USA by showing their flag a lot, like trying to brain wash the viewers.. Music is a no-border, no-politics expression AFAIK

    13 Mar 10:47pm Reply
  • waking_robots

    Sparkle Pony.

    10 Mar 6:11pm Reply
  • Marisoul

    New album this year plz? <3 [3]

    22 Feb 12:14pm Reply
  • headey1p

    -

    20 Feb 1:14pm Reply
  • riotDollGrrrl

    New album this year plz? <3 [2]

    14 Jan 8:38pm Reply
  • Motiv3ter

    New album this year plz? <3

    6 Jan 9:22pm Reply
  • ScarletNebula

    Die Antwoord is more obnoxious and annoying than creepy.

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • kreda

    "the creepiest band in the history of music :) " Ever heard of Die Antwoord?

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • enid_coleslaw_

    the creepiest band in the history of music :) <------ swans and diamanda galas, though.

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • joteczkaL

    the creepiest band in the history of music :)

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • sls

    picaresque <3

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • funereal_waif

    Colin Meloy's voice oh my god. I feel so blessed just listening to it.

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • BenRinnes

    This was a blind purchase today at a charity shop. It was a good buy.

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • JackSpicerRules

    tbh it makes me want to listen to it less ahaha but ¯\_(◡‿◡✿)_/¯ not much I can do about what other people like. just seemed like a very non-decembersts kind of title to me.

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • clockworkwombat

    maybe more people listen to "rox in the box" because it has such a weird ass title? (i never heard that one on the radio, only "down by the water," "this is why we fight," and "calamity song")

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • JackSpicerRules

    ...and 'calamity song.' and 'this is why we fight'... I don't remember hearing 'rox in the box' as much as I remember those four songs.

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • JackSpicerRules

    @dude-1981 tbh I heard 'june hymn' and 'down by the water' a lot more than 'rox in the box' on our local, non-commercial stations. you're right, though. I don't pay attention to singles, either. and usually I listen to the entire album (any artist) than just a song or two. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ but that's just me, I guess there's a lot of people who only listen to a couple of songs on an album and ignore the rest... and the rest is usually much better than the single!

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
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