Known for eclectic concerts, The Decemberists is a fun indie rock band from Portland, Oregon. The band encourages audience participation during most concerts and sometimes act out its songs with fans. The band's lyrics relate to folklore and historic events, such as in "The Tain," "Shankill Butchers" and "Yankee Bayonet." The Decemberists is known to take a storytelling approach to its music
Colin Meloy Finds His Band Soulmates in Portland
The Decemberists was formed in 2000 and released its first album, 5 Songs, in 2001. Colin Meloy was a member of Tarkio while living in Montana but left the band when he moved to Portland. He met Chris Funk, who was a fan of Tarkio. Meloy also met Nate Query and Jenny Conlee, who had been members of Calobo. The three individuals came together to create The Decemberists with Ezra Holbrook as their drummer. Throughout the course of their music career, The band members went through two drummer changes: Rachel Blumberg and John Moen (current drummer). The Decemberists takes its name from the 1825 Decembrist revolt in Russia. Meloy says the band name also represents drama and melancholy. Picaresque was the band's first album to rank on the Billboard 200 at No. 128. It also reached No. 5 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. Metacritic rated the album an 81/100, and Pitchfork ranked it No. 143 on their top 200 albums list of the 2000s. "16 Military Wives," a song on Picaresque, reached No. 119 on the UK Singles Chart. The Decemberists has consistently ranked on major music charts since Picaresque. The King is Dead; What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World; and I'll Be Your Girl are three of its most successful albums. The King is Dead has been certified gold and hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, No. 4 on the Canadian Albums Chart, No. 24 on the UK Official Albums Chart, No. 26 on the ARIA charts, No. 41 on the GfK Entertainment Charts, No. 30 on the Irish Albums Charts and ranked on other major music charts as well. Some of the band's most popular songs are "Severed," "Make You Better," "This is Why We Fight," "January Hymn" and "Down by the Water."
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Expect to be entertained with some humor at The Decemberists concerts. For instance, during its song "Everything is Awful," the lead vocalist will make jokes like "You're being made to sing the first song at a concert. Everything is awful" after holding his mic to the audience expecting them to sing. The Decemberists sometimes act out humorous reenactments of historic events and sea battles.
How long are concerts for The Decemberists?
Concerts for The Decemberists tend to last approximately 90 minutes to two hours long.
What is The Decemberists' tour setlist like?
The most frequently included songs in The Decemberists tour setlists are "16 Military Wives," "O Valencia!," "The Chimbley Sweep," "The Mariner's Revenge Song," "The Engine Driver," "July, July!" and "Down by the Water." Other songs you may here at The Decemberists concerts are "Oceanside," "Summersong," "Shiny," "The Legionnaire's Lament," "Don't Carry It All" and "Here I Thought I Was an Architect."
Who are similar artists?
Other indie rock bands you may like are Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire and Death Cab for Cutie. Bad Religion is a punk rock band you may like for its songs dealing with issues like politics, society and the media. Modest Mouse has interesting albums like Good News for People Who Love Bad News, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, and Strangers to Ourselves.Back to Top
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