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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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  • vidalog32

    "Bóra" escutar 'What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World'.

    11 Dec 4:28pm Reply
  • McGerkey

    Oh come on, only like 2 or 3 songs are horrible. The rest is just mediocre.

    10 Dec 2:07am Reply
  • TASpark658

    There is 4 good songs and rest is pretty horrible, sorry band I love.

    2 Dec 8:02pm Reply
  • Chamberk

    i'm addicted to the new album. i'm not sure how i rank it among their other albums, but i can't stop listening so it must be pretty good.

    2 Dec 4:47pm Reply
  • TASpark658

    I'm on the fence about this record, first album by them that this has happened.

    2 Dec 3:41am Reply
  • gabrielzanco

    I fucking love The Decemberists.

    30 Nov 2:14am Reply
  • Songs_of_Myself

    Love their name. Why? Because screw Czar Nicolas I, that's why.

    28 Nov 7:02pm Reply
  • paulomatico

    A little anticipation and twin twink:

    22 Nov 4:25pm Reply
  • edaz

    "Like the perfect paramour//you were in your letters" Make You Better - Terrific single

    8 Nov 10:02pm Reply
  • RebelGlassZero

    colin meloy & I share a birthday. I believe we have a kinship that goes deeper than water or blood. also, "Make You Better" is great.

    8 Nov 7:24am Reply
  • Moonlooper

    I am way too excited for this new album. Make You Better is a perfect song. I hope they at least have a couple longer narrative-based ones, but as long as they are all quality, I won't complain. Just give me that North American Tour and we will be all square, Colin!

    4 Nov 12:09am Reply
  • Agallochy

    "Make You Better" is beautiful!

    3 Nov 7:35pm Reply
  • sacason


    3 Nov 12:19am Reply
  • Marisoul

    What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. Now, that's a great name

    25 Oct 10:37am Reply
  • Scintillante

    hipster garbage

    3 Oct 7:51pm Reply
  • sls

    also if "Music is a no-border, no-politics expression AFAIK" I have an album full of patriotic songs and national anthems that'll blow your mind.

    20 Aug 10:54pm Reply
  • transparentman

    neww album coming soon!

    7 Aug 12:12am Reply
  • ML_IDLM_KTN_12

    "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" - said in a shoutbox of a band whose profile pic shows the frontman with a soviet passport.

    8 Jul 4:28am Reply
  • Adthey

    Judging by the last week charts, people watched the Parks finale ;)

    6 May 3:34pm Reply
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