Sure, their music is associated with hipsters and it's fair to assume singer Colin Meloy writes lyrics like he's from 1920, but The Decemberists are an unbelievably good band.
They recently announced their seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World to be released on January 20, 2015 on Capitol Records. UK fans will be able to get the album the day before via Rough Trade Records. This is an important album because we personally thought they broke up, especially by that dreaded "hiatus" status that hung over the band after their exhausting tour for 2011 album The King Is Dead...
With the new 2015 album and UK tour announced, expect Meloy to sing to a full electric backing band, and not acoustic 'campfire' versions of their songs (which was what we got when we saw Meloy solo last year).
The Decemberists – European Tour Dates
February 13 Glasgow, UK O2 Academy Glasgow
February 14 Leeds, UK O2 Academy Leeds
February 16 Bristol, UK O2 Academy Bristol
February 17 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy
February 18 Birmingham, UK The Institute
February 20 Brighton, UK Brighton Dome Concert
February 21 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton
February 23 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso
February 24 Brussels, Belgium AB
February 25 Nijmegen, Netherlands Doornroosje
February 26 Berlin, Germany Astra Kulturhaus
February 28 Zürich, Switzerland Kaufleuten
March 1 Milan, Italy Magazzini Generali
Vancouver-based Mecca Normal duo (Jean Smith and David Lester) just wrapped up their Eastern US dates in support of their latest album Empathy for the Evil (produced by Kramer), which came out last month on M'lady's Records (from Portland, Oregon).
During the tour they were interviewed and performed on Democracy Now in New York.
Excerpt from the article:
The Malachi exhibit is now headed to Chicago, where it will open later this month at the Audible Gallery at Experimental Sound Studio.
Jean Smith and David Lester of Mecca Normal recently joined us to talk about their work and to perform two songs, "Malachi" and "Anguish/Misogyny."
Portland-based Musée Mécanique recently released From Shores of Sleep (an album "twenty years in the making"*) via Tender Loving Empire, and they're currently on tour in support of the new record.
11/07 Biddeford, ME @ Hogfarm Studios
11/08 Burlington, VT @ Skinny Pancake
11/11 Nashville, TN @ The Basement
11/13 Fort Worth, TX @ Live Oak
11/15 Marfa, TX @ El Cosmico
11/16 Silver City, NM @ house show
11/17 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
11/18 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
11/19 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg
11/20 Carmel, CA @ Barmel
11/22 San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah