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The Decemberists

The Decemberists are an American indie folk rock band from Portland, Oregon. The band consists of Colin Meloy (lead vocals, guitar, principal songwriter), Chris Funk (guitar, multi-instrumentalist), Jenny Conlee (keyboards, piano, Hammond organ, accordion), Nate Query (bass), and John Moen (drums).

The band's debut EP, 5 Songs, was self-released in 2001. Their seventh 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 often 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.

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Genres rock folk rock indie rock alternative rock country rock
Picks
  1. January Hymn
  2. The Crane Wife 3
  3. June Hymn
Top release Castaways and Cutouts

Albums

  1. 7.0
    Castaways and Cutouts
    2002
  2. Her Majesty the Decemberists
    2003
  3. 1.0
    Picaresque
    2005
  4. 4.0
    The Crane Wife
    2006
  5. 2.0
    The Hazards of Love
    2009
  6. 4.0
    The King Is Dead
    2011
  7. What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
    2015

Other releases

  1. 2004-03-22: There I Dreamt I Was Part of Them: 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, USA
    2004
  2. Instant Live: 2005-05-04: Irving Plaza, New York, NY, USA
    2005
  3. A Practical Handbook
    2007
  4. Always the Bridesmaid: A Singles Series
    2008
  5. Live at Bull Moose
    2011
  6. We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11)
    2012