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 eighth and latest full-length album I'll Be Your Girl was released on March 16, 2018 by Capitol Records, and is the band's fifth 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.



I’ll Be Your Girl
I'll Be Your Girl is the upcoming eighth album by The Decemberists, scheduled to be released on March 16, 2018.
Once In My Life
Once in My Life is a song by musical group The Decemberists, released on March 9, 2018.
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.

Photos - The Decemberists467

People Recently Photographed at The Decemberists Events5

Popular Albums27

Album Appearances & References5

Popular Songs29

Popular Live Albums1

Video Game References1

Soundtrack Film Appearances2

TV Shows6

Book References & Influences2

Collaborators & Influencers1

Music-Related Relationships21

Awards & Nominations1


Band Members8

You May Also Be Interested In28


Spotify - Albums & Singles56


Spotify - Appears On1


Spotify - Top Tracks10


Upcoming Concerts38

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
Count Basie Theatre
Red Bank, United States
June 12, 2018
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell
Brooklyn, United States
June 13, 2018
North Adams, United States
June 15, 2018
Mountain Jam
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
Les Schwab Amphitheater
Bend, United States
July 26, 2018
The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley
Berkeley, United States
July 27, 2018
Montbleu Resort & Casino
Stateline, United States
July 28, 2018
San Diego, United States
July 30, 2018
Greek Theatre
Los Angeles, United States
July 31, 2018
House of Blues
Las Vegas, United States
August 1, 2018
Travelers' Rest Festival - Day One
Missoula, United States
August 4, 2018
Travelers' Rest Festival - Day Two
Missoula, United States
August 5, 2018
Vicar Street
Dublin, Ireland
November 4, 2018
O2 Academy
Glasgow, United Kingdom
November 5, 2018
Eventim Apollo
London, United Kingdom
November 7, 2018
O2 Academy
Bristol, United Kingdom
November 8, 2018
O2 Academy
Leeds, United Kingdom
November 10, 2018
Rock City
Nottingham, United Kingdom
November 11, 2018
Albert Hall
Manchester, United Kingdom
November 12, 2018
Grote Zaal TiVre
Utrecht, Netherlands
November 14, 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands
November 15, 2018
Berlin, Germany
November 16, 2018

News Articles13

The Decemberists Stumble Outside Their Comfort Zone on I’ll Be Your Girl
  –  March 14, 2018
The Lowdown: The Decemberists are taking a step out of their comfort zone ... When the band reverts back to its Americana wheelhouse, such as on the eight-minute “Rusalka, Rusalka/The Wild Rushes” and the closing title track, Meloy proves his melodies ...
5 Songs We Can’t Stop Listening To: SXSW discoveries and guest The Decemberists
  –  March 26, 2018
Every week we ask an artist that we love to tell us about the music they love. Listen to the whole segment and all the songs below. Our guest is Colin Meloy, lead singer of The Decemberists. Justin Barney: What is one song you can’t stop listening to ...
The Decemberists UK tour dates
  –  March 25, 2018
The Decemberists have released “Once In My Life,” the second single from their inspired new album I’ll Be Your Girl, which will be released March 16 on Rough Trade Records. By embracing different influences (Roxy Music, New Order) and working with a ...
Music Reviews: The Decemberists, Meshell Ndegeocello
  –  March 25, 2018
The Decemberists. "I'll Be Your Girl." Capitol. Frontman Colin Meloy wanted the Decemberists' new album to reflect the mood of the times, and sadly it's even more topical than intended. The Oregon band began performing the song "We All Die Young" onstage a ...
XXXTentacion, The Fratellis And The Decemberists Land New Top 10 Albums In The U.K.
  –  March 23, 2018
Another indie rock act, The Decemberists, land their first top 10 title with I ... The final new entry this week comes from yet another band playing “indie” music, though they sway more toward the indie pop style than the rock field.
Watch The Decemberists Perform “Severed” and “We All Die Young” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
  –  March 22, 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.
The chipper nihilism of The Decemberists’ ‘I’ll Be Your Girl’
  –  March 22, 2018
The Decemberists’ take on the track ... Yet, Meloy refuses to let feelings of futility and frustration completely strip his music of optimism and hope. The cheery sound subverts the dark lyrics, mocking the ridiculousness of the present-day political ...
The Decemberists return with a blast from the past
  –  March 22, 2018
The Decemberists never fail to include their beloved acoustic guitar, painting a clear picture of a past time. This band really represents a walk down memory lane, feeling somewhat out of place in this vibrantly pop-infused music era. Although their songs ...
The Decemberists World Tour Includes a Stop in S.B.
  –  March 20, 2018
With songs featuring epic, story-like lyrics set to multi-instrumental orchestrations, Portland, Oregon–based folk group the Decemberists have been enchanting listeners for nearly 20 years. Their music features a wide variety of unique instruments ...
From the Vault: The Decemberists 2005
  –  March 19, 2018
Although they've played plenty of big stages over the years, FUV's Studio A has hosted several of those great live music moments. So all this week on FUV Live, we're looking back into our Vault for past sessions with The Decemberists, and also with ...
The Decemberists – I’ll Be Your Girl
  –  March 17, 2018
It feels awkwardly fanboy. To be fair, there are tracks here like lead single Severed, where The Decemberists take ownership of their synth sound a bit more, using it to drive the music rather than as a backing track. Your Ghost is another success ...
The Decemberists' Shiny, Happy Protest Album
  –  March 16, 2018
“Everything is awful” goes one of the many cheery sounding, morosely themed choruses from The Decemberists’ eighth album ... Kornhaber: That’s one of many moments where the music is perky but the lyrics aren’t. How much irony are we supposed ...
The Decemberists Announce 2018 Travelers’ Rest Lineup
  –  March 7, 2018
The Decemberists will host the 2018 Travelers’ Rest music festival at Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheater in Missoula, Montana on August 4 – 5. The initial batch of acts also playing this year’s event has been revealed. Travelers’ Rest 2018 will ...


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