Violins, horns and piano aren't what one might expect from an indie rock band, but that is exactly
what sets the Decemberists apart from the pack, that and the incredible storytelling abilities of front man Colin Meloy. This
talented group has formed more than just a cult following at this point, so expect their shows to be packed to the brim with
some of most loyal music fans you've ever encountered. That kind of loyalty is brought on by the amazing music styles of The
Decemberists, one of the more unique music acts around today. This group is ready to hit the road for their current tour,
one that will take them to Portland, OR for a two-night spectacle at the McMenamins Crystal Ballroom. This is sure to be an
event that any indie rock fan in the Pacific Northwest will want to be a part of, and expect to see die-hard Decemberists
fans abound. It truly is an experience to see a group like this in person, so make sure you're there for what could amount
to being the show of a lifetime.
About the Artist
Although their name hails from the past, specifically
the Russian December Revolt of the early 20th century, the music of the Decemberists is fresh and new. This five-piece indie
pop-rock outfit formed in 2000 in Portland and has been entrancing fans with their extravagant sounds ever since. Prior to
signing the major label Capitol Records, the band released several demos on the web, and despite little promotion the indie
world started buzzing about them immediately. The group was worthy of the buzz, especially with the release of Castaways and
Cutouts, the band's first full-length album, in 2002. This release quickly showed Colin Meloy to be a unique storyteller that
would draw on setting and themes of old to spin a web akin to that of a talented novelist. Castaways also showed the versatility
of the group's sound, as they could be raucous on a track like "July, July" and wistful on songs like "Grace Cathedral Hill."
This release set the stage for Her Majesty, which was released the following year. This record showed a new side of the group
that would be featured on subsequent albums, an ominous feel that was perfectly captured by "Shanty for the Arethusa," a nautically-themed
track that kicks off the album in dramatic fashion. The nautical theme would also be a recurring one for this group as they
fine-tuned their sound and subject matter. However, it would be the group's third album that would truly put them on the map.
was released in 2005 and truly showed that The Decemberists were capable of. Fans went wild for this record, and it even reached
the number five spot in the Billboard Heatseekers chart, quite an accomplishment for an indie group. This album featured incredible
songs like "From My Own True Love," a nautical ballad about someone pining for a lover lost at sea. This song will conjure
foreboding images of the ocean and make one feel as though they're in a pub in a small New England fishing village listening
to the local music of centuries past. "Eli the Barrow Boy" serves as a haunting tale of the ghost of a barrow boy that haunts
where he once lived. "The Mariner's Revenge Song" serves as perhaps the greatest example of Meloy's writing talent, as the
nearly nine-minute song details an incredible journey taken by a young man in seeking revenge on a sailor that wronged his
mother. It truly is a thrilling tale set to eclectic music featuring heavy accordion. The Crane Wife followed in 2007, another
fantastic effort, considered by some fans to be the best effort from the group. 2009 brought The Hazards of Love, and The
King is Dead would follow two years later.
Music is something that transcends generations
and zip codes, the kind of thing that people all around the world love. It's a magical thing when you're there in person when
one of your favorite artists hits the stage to perform for all of their adoring fans. There is an air of camaraderie to a
concert that can't really be duplicated anywhere else, the kind of thing that brings people together and creates new friendships
built on the bond of music.
The Decemberists truly broke through with their third
full-length album, Picaresque. This record showed that this group was able to blend catch and eclectic in perfect fashion
while featuring the amazing storytelling of singer Colin Meloy.
Did you know that Decemberists
frontman Colin Meloy studied creative writing at the University of Montana?
That's right, and it can't come as a surprise
to anyone that has enjoyed the incredible lyrics that Meloy has employed throughout his entire tenure with the band. Not only
will the music of this group play to the fancy of your ears, but it will also whisk you away to far off lands and eras of