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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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  • Noubranche

    I love this band

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  • Predelnik

    New album is great! Also glad that I was able to see them live and the concert was really amazing, hurray!

    Yesterday 12:43pm Reply
  • Radioheart0706

    Yay.

    22 Mar 11:42am Reply
  • sls

    Picaresque is coming out on vinyl for record store day! (It's their best.)

    12 Mar 6:26pm Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    I still worship a few certain songs by them; The Gymnast, High Above the Ground and On the Bus Mall. Those songs and a few others will never stop being important to me.

    6 Mar 6:27am Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    It's a pity they started to suck, and go in a new direction, but it's a million times worse that Colin Meloy became an asshat about it. It's like fine, The King Is Dead is a pretty album, not my cup of tea. But this new album is just insulting. >:|

    6 Mar 6:26am Reply
  • mcdeece

    New to this band and really enjoy them. Sounds perfect for Saint Patrick's Day festivities.

    2 Mar 1:53pm Reply
  • exprof

    The Decemberists - Serafina Steer @ Ancienne Belgique, Bruxelles, le 24 février 2015 http://concerts-review.over-blog.com/2015/02/the-decemberists-serafina-steer-ancienne-belgique-bruxelles-le-24-fevrier-2015.html

    25 Feb 3:09pm Reply
  • kimizefa

    Got 2 spare tickets to the Amsterdam show (had to cancel our trip) :( Drop me a message if interested.

    19 Feb 4:48pm Reply
  • sandrabjorg

    Love it

    18 Feb 1:57pm Reply
  • Ohlmann

    I am the Cavalry Captain!

    15 Feb 2:43pm Reply
  • Christophogo

    manos87, well said.

    11 Feb 2:40pm Reply
  • FugaBaha

    Новый альбом неожиданно приятный

    6 Feb 11:29am Reply
  • manos87

    The new album is so incredibly wonderful, simple folk-pop/americana and so easy-listening in its beauty, that it's not for everyone. Just a listen is sufficient to know that the majority of pitchfork-ish people won't like it. Who cares though. It's addictive and I can't stop listening to it.

    4 Feb 8:37pm Reply
  • maxxy

    After a few close listens, it seems every album of this band is boring filler songs save for a few 2-4 good songs...

    4 Feb 5:44pm Reply
  • LeavinHere

    Looking for a ticket for Bristol if anyone has a spare...

    30 Jan 11:48am Reply
  • davevegan

    New album is a snoozefest. I tried to get into it, but it just didn't hold my attention. Nothing stood out to me. Maybe it will grow on me in time but for now I feel that it is not up to par with the rest of their material.

    29 Jan 9:38pm Reply
  • cishaming

    New album is easily one of their best :D

    27 Jan 11:06am Reply
  • cupido

    I don't get this album at all. Sorry Colin but I really don't care about songs about how you love your sons and your wife. But good for you that you are happy, I guess...

    26 Jan 8:20pm Reply
  • RebelGlassZero

    New record's good.

    25 Jan 2:20am Reply
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