Even when Oregon’s The Decemberists debuted with ‘Castaways And Cutouts’ in 2002, they were still more Neutral Milk Bail Hostel than Hotel. They transposed wordy Victorian melodrama onto folky sea shanties. But at least once they had a snappy poetic sensibility and an admirable interest in history. Unfortunately, now they are pure turgid Americana pastiche. ‘This Is Why We...
Band have been talking to man behind 'American Idiot'
'The King Is Dead' is released on January 18
Group will begin the gig-run in Dublin on March 4
'The King Is Dead' is due out on January 11, 2011
REM guitarist reveals he's been recording with the band in Portland
Band will also dip into their back catalogue for the gigs
Facts about this album: * The Decemberists are Colin Meloy (vocals), Chris Funk (guitar), Jenny Conlee (keys), Nate Query (bass) and John Moen (drums). * 'The Hazards Of Love' is their fifth albumAlbum review: For most, the thought of a folk-rock opera is horrifying. But what if a tale of medieval murder and abduction were put in the hands of riff monsters...