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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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  • 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
  • EvanClark

    Thank you kindly, Whatwillburn.

    29 Apr 11:10pm Reply
  • whatwillburn

    and Amazon has "The Tain" plus the below, but not the final 3 crane wife tracks you'd be looking for.

    29 Apr 8:31pm Reply
  • whatwillburn

    EvanClark, dunno if it's different in the US, but Google Play music store has Five Songs, Always the Bridesmaid, and "Culling of the Fold" from Crane Wife bonus. All 320kbps.

    29 Apr 8:26pm Reply
  • transparentman

    I literally can't get enough of these guys. They are ridiculously talented bunch. I can listen to them when I'm happy or sad, perfect for any mood.

    29 Apr 1:27am Reply
  • whatwillburn

    Nice of them to play "The Crane Wife 3" and "Bye Bye Lil' Sebastian" for the Pawnee/Eagleton unity concert the other day.

    28 Apr 11:16pm Reply
  • jk_sloop

    the decemberits makes feel warm...specialy "here i dreamt i was an archite" meaningful for me today..

    26 Apr 6:25pm Reply
  • EvanClark

    Anyone know where I can get high quality mp3's for the four Cranes Wife Bonues Tracks, the 5 Songs EP, Always a Bridesmaid, and The Tain? Legal or otherwise. I just dont wanna buy mp3s unless I know they are of good bitrate.

    25 Apr 9:56am Reply
  • 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
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    20 Feb 1:14pm Reply
  • riotDollGrrrl

    New album this year plz? <3 [2]

    14 Jan 8:38pm Reply
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