The Decemberists Biography

The Decemberists are an indie folk rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States, fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Colin Meloy. The other members of the band are Chris Funk (guitar, multi-instrumentalist), Jenny Conlee (Hammond organ, accordion, melodica, piano, keyboards, harmonica), Nate Query (bass guitar, string bass), and John Moen (drums, backing vocals, melodica, guitar).

The band's debut EP, 5 Songs, was self-released in 2001. Their sixth full-length album, The King Is Dead, was released on 14 January 2011, by Capitol Records. It was the band's third 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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The Decemberists' Jenny Conlee's cancer in remission

Band report keyboard player has overcome breast cancer

  • Oct 22, 2011

The Decemberists' Jenny Conlee diagnosed with breast cancer

Band say keyboardist has 'caught it early' and 'prognosis is very, very good'

  • May 4, 2011

Decemberists in talks with Green Day director to write musical

Band have been talking to man behind 'American Idiot'

  • Dec 8, 2010

The Decemberists announce limited-edition box-set details

'The King Is Dead' is released on January 18

  • Dec 1, 2010

The Decemberists announce 2011 UK and Ireland tour and ticket details

Group will begin the gig-run in Dublin on March 4

  • Nov 15, 2010

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