The Decemberists Go To The Burial Ground and a Stage Near You

New music and tour dates The Decemberists

The Decemberists – Photo: Holly Andres

First New Music In Six Years

New Single “Burial Ground”

The Decemberists Go On The Road

The Decemberists have returned with the new single “Burial Ground,” marking their first new music in six years. Jangly guitars, swelling horns and lead-singer Colin Meloy’s reliably clever lyrics propel it forward and features The Shins’ James Mercer on backing vocals.

“‘Burial Ground’ is in that time-honored pop song tradition, a paean to hanging out in graveyards. The melody hook came to me in a dream and I hummed it into my phone on waking. Most dream-songs are bad; this was the exception”

Colin Meloy

The Decemberists will head out on an expansive North American tour, kicking off on April 30 in Kingston, New York and wraps up in August on the West Coast. Highlights include the Brooklyn Paramount Theater on May 3, the Salt Shed in Chicago on May 21 and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on May 24. The band will return to their home turf, wrapping the tour in Troutdale, Oregon on August 3.

For twenty years The Decemberists have been one of the most original and daring folk/rock bands. Founded in 2000 when singer, songwriter and guitarist Meloy moved from Montana to Portland, Oregon and met bassist Nate Query, keyboardist Jenny Conlee and guitarist Chris Funk.

The Decemberists’ distinctive brand of hyperliterate and articulate folk-rock set them apart from the start with the release of their debut EP 5 Songs in 2001. After making their full-length debut with Castaways and Cutouts in 2002, the band signed with Kill Rock Stars for the release of the acclaimed albums Her Majesty the Decemberists (2003) and Picaresque (2005), which was produced by Chris Walla. The 2004 EP The Tain – an 18-minute single-track epic – made the band’s grand creative ambitions clear.

Around this time the band’s permanent line-up fell into place with the arrival of drummer John Moen and they made the unexpected leap to Capitol Records for their first major label album in 2006, where they raised the stakes even further delivering their most ambitious and audacious record to date in The Crane Wife, a song cycle produced by Walla and Tucker Martine (who would become a longtime creative partner) that added elements of ‘70s prog, hard rock and even quasi-disco to their palette. The album was met by wide acclaim.

Three years later The Hazards of Love – a full-length concept album based on Meloy’s idea for a stage musical – was a Top 20 hit. In 2011, they topped themselves yet again with their first #1 album, The King Is Dead, which featured the GRAMMY-nominated song “Down By The Water.” After their 2015 album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, which included the #1 AAA radio hit “Make You Better,” The Decemberists changed up their sound and explored new approaches to making music on their eighth studio album I’ll Be Your Girl (2018) with producer John Congleton.

The band has appeared on The Simpsons, collaborated with Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and released their own crowd-funded board game Illimat. Lead-singer Meloy is also the author of The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid and the New York Times bestselling Wildwood Chronicles as well as two picture books, The Golden Thread: A Song for Pete Seeger and Everyone’s Awake. Meloy’s Wildwood Series is currently being made into an animated feature starring Carey Mulligan, Mahershela Ali, Angela Bassett, Jermaine Clement, Tom Waits and more.

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