Preview: The Decemberists at the Old National Centre

Celebrated Indie Band the Decemberists Play Indy’s Old National Centre on October 8th

Fall is upon us in earnest! And with Halloween just around the corner, what better than a visit from the Decemberists? The Portland-based band plans to play Indy’s Old National Centre on the 8th. So, with that in mind, plan a trip of your own downtown to experience one of the most acclaimed bands currently performing today! The engagement is one night only, so get your tickets now.

A Brief History

The Decemberists formed in 2000. The brainchild of singer Colin Meloy, he brought them together after leaving his previous band, Tarkio. A year later, the band released their first EP, Five Songs which brought them critical attention. Of course, they didn’t really attract wide notice until their first full album, Castaways and Cutouts. The album’s unique, folky brand of indie rock, mixed with Meloy’s darkly hilarious lyrics, resonated with  audiences and critics alike. Now on the national stage, they followed up with several more releases, culminating in 2006’s The Crane Wife. An album now considered by some reviewers, such as Pitchfork and PopMatters, to be one of the best albums of that year.

Since then, the Decemberists have continued to release new music and expand musically. With their latest release out this year, the Decemberists show no signs of slowing down.

Their Sound

The Decemberists use a distinct blend of indie rock, folk, and roots rock. This along with a clear influence from the British folk revival of the 1970s, as well as Americana.

In practical terms, the Decemberists tend to write narrative ballads and use traditional instruments. Colin Meloy, lending a voice that is equal parts Morrissey and Michael Stipe, has a lyrical sense that embraces terror and humor in equal parts. Musically, the Decemberists love lush, complex arrangements that incorporate a wide variety of styles. Their overall sound is certainly similar to R.E.M., but still distinct enough that it is wholly its own.

So, as always. The venue is the Old National Centre, show’s at 8:00PM.

See you there!


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