The Decemberists are an American indie rock band from Portland, Oregon. The band consists of Colin Meloy (lead vocals, guitar, principal songwriter), Chris Funk (guitar, multi-instrumentalist), Jenny Conlee (piano, keyboards), Nate Query (bass), and John Moen (drums).
Their debut EP, 5 Songs, was self-released in 2001. Their seventh and latest full-length album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World was released on January 20, 2015 by Capitol Records, and is the band’s fourth record with the label.
In addition to their lyrics, which often focus on historical incidents and/or folklore, The Decemberists are also well known for their eclectic live shows.
In 2011, the track “Down By the Water” from the album The King Is Dead was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 54th Grammy Awards.
The Decemberists explore a new sound with a new producer on their inspired eighth studio album, “I’ll Be Your Girl,” which will be released March 16 on Capitol Records. They worked with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana del Rey) and embraced influences such as Roxy Music and New Order to spark a new creative path, as can be heard on the synth-driven lead single “Severed.
The Decemberists will play the Smith Opera House on Monday, April 23rd. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/19) at 10am.