The Decemberists

The Decemberists



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. Audience participation is a part of each performance, typically during encores. The band stages whimsical reenactments of sea battles and other centuries-old events, typically of regional interest, or acts out songs with members of the crowd.

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.



Severed is a song by musical group The Decemberists, released on January 18, 2018.
Ben Franklin's Song
Ben Franklin's Song is a song by musical group The Decemberists, released on December 15, 2017.
The King Is Dead
The King Is Dead is the sixth studio album by The Decemberists, released on Capitol Records on January 14, 2011.
The Hazards of Love
The Hazards of Love is the fifth album by the American indie rock band The Decemberists, released through Capitol Records and Rough Trade in 2009.

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People Recently Photographed at The Decemberists Events5

Popular Albums26

Album Appearances & References5

Popular Songs28

Popular Live Albums1

Video Game References1

Soundtrack Film Appearances2

TV Shows6

Book References & Influences2

Collaborators & Influencers1

Music-Related Relationships21

Awards & Nominations1


Band Members8

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Spotify - Albums & Singles54


Spotify - Appears On1


Spotify - Top Tracks10


Upcoming Concerts42

The Fox Theater
Pomona, United States
March 22, 2018
Arlington Theatre
Santa Barbara, United States
March 23, 2018
Innings Festival
Tempe, United States
March 24, 2018
Palace Theatre
St. Paul, United States
April 6, 2018
Palace Theatre [Second night added]
St. Paul, United States
April 7, 2018
Riverside Theater
Milwaukee, United States
April 8, 2018
The Chicago Theatre
Chicago, United States
April 10, 2018
Peoria Civic Center Theater
Peoria, United States
April 11, 2018
Ryman Auditorium
Nashville, United States
April 13, 2018
Ryman Auditorium
Nashville, United States
April 14, 2018
Coca-Cola Roxy
Atlanta, United States
April 15, 2018
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
North Charleston, United States
April 16, 2018
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Charlotte, United States
April 18, 2018
Durham Performing Arts Center
Durham, United States
April 19, 2018
The National
Richmond, United States
April 20, 2018
The Anthem
Washington, United States
April 21, 2018
Smith Opera House
Geneva, United States
April 23, 2018
Agora Theatre
Cleveland, United States
April 24, 2018
Peabody Opera House
St Louis, United States
April 25, 2018
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, United States
May 22, 2018
Uptown Theater
Kansas City, United States
May 23, 2018
Hill Auditorium
Ann Arbor, United States
May 25, 2018
Lewiston, United States
May 26, 2018
Boston Calling Music Festival
Boston, United States
May 27, 2018
Montreal, Canada
May 28, 2018
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Toronto, Canada
May 30, 2018
Benedum Center
Pittsburgh, United States
May 31, 2018
Nelsonville Music Festival
Nelsonville, United States
June 1, 2018
Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
Indianapolis, United States
June 2, 2018
Iroquois Amphitheater
Louisville, United States
June 5, 2018
Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia, United States
June 7, 2018
College Street Music Hall
New Haven, United States
June 8, 2018
The Green at Shelburne Museum
Shelburne, United States
June 9, 2018
State Theatre
Portland, United States
June 10, 2018
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell
Brooklyn, United States
June 13, 2018
North Adams, United States
June 15, 2018
Mountain Jam (June 15-17)
Hunter, United States
June 16, 2018
Paramount Theatre
Seattle, United States
June 21, 2018
Troutdale, United States
June 22, 2018
Troutdale, United States
June 23, 2018
Travelers' Rest Festival - Day One
Missoula, United States
August 4, 2018
Travelers' Rest Festival - Day Two
Missoula, United States
August 5, 2018

News Articles26

David Byrne, The Decemberists, James Blake And More: A New Music Mix For February 2018
  –  February 5, 2018
Sure, we love music. I love music. You (presumably) love music. We no doubt agree on its importance; its ability to express and inspire and (quite literally) pull us through tough times; its status as, ideally, something more than mere entertainment ...
The Decemberists, Ani DiFranco will headline Nelsonville Music Festival
  –  January 22, 2018
Low-key indie rock quintet the Decemberists and folk-driven songwriter Ani DiFranco will headline Nelsonville Music Festival on June 1 and June 3, respectively. The first batch of lineup announcements also includes Alvvays, Kevin Morby, Mission Temple ...
The Decemberists Bring 'Nihilistic' New Album 'I'll Be Your Girl' To Playlists This Spring
  –  January 19, 2018
The Decemberists are set to return with a brand new album this ... it's markedly different from their last 17 years' worth of music. 'On the last record there were moments when I thought I was making familiar choices', frontman Colin Meloy said in a ...
Lin-Manuel Miranda #HamilDrops New Track “Ben Franklin’s Song” With The Decemberists
  –  December 15, 2017
Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 14, 2017 The first of Miranda’s HAMILDROP is upon us, with the Hamilton mastermind overnight unveiling “Ben Franklin’s Song,” with music written recorded by indie rock band the Decemberists. Advertisement ...
Grammy Award-winning Portugal. The Man and more bands coming to Charleston
  –  February 6, 2018
Gather your "Sons & Daughters" and head "Down by the Water" for a show that is sure to "Make You Better." The Decemberists have been around for 18 years, and they're still releasing tunes amid their nostalgic favorites. The indie folk rock band's melodic ...
The Decemberists to play Peoria
  –  February 6, 2018
Indie rockers The Decemberists are set to play in Peoria this spring. The band will play with Tennis at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. The band is releasing their eighth album, "Ill Be Your Girl," on March 16.
David Byrne, The Decemberists, James Blake And More: A New Music Mix For February 2018
  –  February 5, 2018
Sure, we love music. I love music. You (presumably) love music. We no doubt agree on its importance; its ability to express and inspire and (quite literally) pull us through tough times; its status as, ideally, something more than mere entertainment ...
“Hamildrops” Continues the Hit Musical’s Legacy
  –  February 2, 2018
Miranda said that Franklin’s original lyrics were heavily inspired by indie rock band The Decemberists. The Decemberists are cult favorites know for idiosyncratic lyrics with dense references to history, literature and folklore. Miranda felt that their ...
TGIF: Happenings — what’s coming up in Northeast Ohio starting Feb. 2
  –  February 1, 2018
The Decemberists, April 24; Modest Mouse, May 1; Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, The World Alive, May 2; Protest the Hero, May 3; Nile & Soulfly, May 4; Obituary, Pallbearer, Skeletonwitch, May11; Insomnia, May 23; Hammerfall, Flotsam and Jetsam, June 1 ...
REVENGE AND RESURRECTION: Dark musical 'Flirting With Azrael' takes on a new life as film
  –  February 1, 2018
Those influences are splashed across “Flirting With Azrael,” which also draws on his interest in ambient and experimental music, for a work that’s modeled in a roundabout way on “The Hazards of Love,” by the rock band The Decemberists.
16 Triangle events to check out this week
  –  January 31, 2018
Flash Chorus - Sing The Go-Gos and The Decemberists at Motorco tonight with a crowd of other people! This family-friendly event starts at 6:30 p.m. Dinner with Friends - This five-course dinner and cocktail tasting spotlights different guest bartenders ...
10 Best Songs of the Week: Mount Eerie, of Montreal, Gwenno, Yo La Tengo, Ought, and More
  –  January 31, 2018
It kept coming back to Roxy Music and early glam, and we dove in with that in mind. The Decemberists are a record-collectors' band, we're all fans and scholars of music, so there a lot of touch points that we all get, but they don't always come through.
Nelsonville Fest Announces Partial Fest Lineup
  –  January 29, 2018
The first round of lineup announcements for NMF18 includes: The Decemberists (headlining Friday, June 1), Ani DiFranco (headlining Sunday, June 3), Alvvays, Kevin Morby, Mission Temple Fireworks Revival featuring Paul Thorn & Band and Blind Boys of Alabama ...
THE SWORD To Release 'Used Future' Album In March; Listen To First Single 'Deadly Nightshade'
  –  January 27, 2018
The disc was recorded in Portland, Oregon with producer Tucker Martine (MY MORNING JACKET, THE DECEMBERISTS, FIRST AID KIT). Pre-order begins today with multiple bundles available from both link textthe band's webstore and the label's store. This includes ...
Lin-Manuel Miranda Reveals the Latest Hamildrop
  –  January 26, 2018
He began the project in Dec. 2017 with the release of “Ben Franklin’s Song” featuring The Decemberists. Then, earlier this month, Miranda released the single “Wrote My Way Out” featuring Nas, Dave East and Aloe Blacc, a song detailing how the ...
Things to Do Sunday!
  –  January 26, 2018
The sultry vocalist has been a longtime Portland staple, performing with the likes of Ural Thomas and the Pain, the Decemberists, k.d. lang, and with her current project, Moorea Masa and the Mood. She’s made a seamless transition into the lush sonic ...
Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of January 26–28
  –  January 26, 2018
Offa Rex, a collaboration between Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists, is nominated for Best Folk Album for Queen of Hearts; Randy Newman’s “Putin,” a song from his new album, Dark Matter, is up for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals ...
Hear the Sword's Punchy New Scuzz Rocker "Deadly Nightshade"
  –  January 26, 2018
As such, the Austin rockers are set to drop their sixth studio album, Used Future, on March 23rd. Recorded in Portland, Oregon, with producer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, the Decemberists, First Aid Kit), the LP is preceded by lead single "Deadly ...
These are the can’t-miss concerts you need to see this semester
  –  January 25, 2018
With seven studio albums and one on the way in March, The Decemberists have plenty of material to bring to a live show. If you’re a fan of this indie-rock band, you’ll know that their lyrics tend to take a historical bent. What you may not know is that ...
5 Songs We Can’t Stop Listening To with guest Moby
  –  January 22, 2018
With music from David Bowie, The Decemberists, Kanye West, Rapsody, and Ed Schrader’s Music Beat 5 Songs We Can’t Stop Listening to is a collection of our newest favorite songs. And Every week we ask an artist that we love to tell us about the music ...
The Decemberists to perform in Ann Arbor as new album approaches
  –  January 22, 2018
ANN ARBOR, MI - Chamber pop band The Decemberists will bring their unique brand of story-songs and wide-ranging musical arrangements to a performance in Ann Arbor this spring. The Decemberists will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 25, at Hill Auditorium ...
The Decemberists Bring 'Nihilistic' New Album 'I'll Be Your Girl' To Playlists This Spring
  –  January 19, 2018
The Decemberists are set to return with a brand new album this year entitled 'I'll Be Your Girl' and it's worlds apart from their previous work. They also have a new video out, plus they are set to embark on a North America-wide tour to support the record ...
The Decemberists announce 'I'll Be Your Girl,' their new synth-laden album
  –  January 17, 2018
Colin Meloy and The Decemberists are breaking out the synthesizers for their next album. The Portland-based indie rockers announced the new LP, "I'll Be Your Girl," on Facebook Wednesday morning, along with a 34-date North American tour that begins in ...
The Decemberists return to Pittsburgh
  –  January 17, 2018
PITTSBURGH — Spend the final day of May with The Decemberists. The indie-rock band announced a May 31 show at the Benedum Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday with a strict four-ticket limit per person. The starting price is $36.50. Having last ...
Lin-Manuel Miranda #HamilDrops New Track “Ben Franklin’s Song” With The Decemberists
  –  December 15, 2017
I am Poor-Richard’s-Almanack-writing Benjamin fuckin’ Franklin. HAMILDROPS website Last week, Lin-Manuel Miranda announced the HAMILDROPS, a new Hamilton project that will see previously unreleased content drop once per month between now and December 2018.
Lin-Manuel Miranda Announces ‘Hamilton’ Mixtape Vol. 2 With ‘Ben Franklin’s Song’
  –  December 15, 2017
The first installment is an F-bomb-filled new song with lyrics by Miranda and music by the Decemberists — listen below. Miranda explains in this statement: “SOME REQUIRED READING ON THE HAMILTON MIXTAPE & NEW HAMILTON MUSIC. “A year ago this month we ...


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