The Decemberists at the Lawn at White River State Park

Indie folk rock icons, The Decemberists, roll into Indianapolis to play the Lawn at White River State Park Friday, August 5, 2011. Head to Indianapolis downtown’s White River State Park with stunning views of the Eiteljorg Museum, the Indiana State Museum and Victory Field for a one-of-a-kind Indianapolis music experience. Tickets to this Indianapolis event range from $25 to $35 plus fees. The music begins at 7:30 pm.

Formed in 2000 in Portland, Oregon, The Decemberists offer an eclectic musical style from upbeat and poppy to instrumentally lush ballads. Their songs have an old world feel, and focus mostly on historic events and folk lore. With influences including The Postal Service, Death Cab for Cutie, The Shins, Modest Mouse, Swords and more, The Decemberists have superseded their predecessor, taking indie folk rock to a new level.
Lead singer Colin Melroy and guitarist Nate Query first collaborated on the score for a silent film. The pair continued to write songs together, eventually forming a band that now consists of Jenny Conlee (hammond organ, accordion, melodica, piano, etc.) and John Moen (drums) and Melroy and Query. They took their name from the Decembrist revolt of 1825 in Imperial Russia.

Together they recorded their first full length album “Castaways and Cutouts” on Hush Records, before moving to the Kill Rock Stars recording label, under which they recorded their second studio album “Her Majesty the Decemberists.” They also released “The Tain” in 2004, an eighteen and a half minute single based on Irish mythology. In March of the following year, the band continued to pique the interest of their small but loyal following with a music video distributed via BitTorrent: “16 Military Wives.” That same month, all of their equipment was stolen. Fans contributed to a replacement fund by bidding on items through eBay.
In the end of the 2005, the band finally got the break it was searching for when it signed with Capitol Records. Their first album under the Capitol umbrella was “The Crane Wife,” which was released the same day the band appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brein. NPR’s All Songs Considered voted the album their favorite of 2006.

By then the band had hit it big. In November of 2006, The Decemberists encouraged fans to make their own videos for their hit single “O Valancia!” using the band in front of a green screen. That year, television personality Stephen Colbert created a mock feud with the band, claiming that his “green screen challenge” came first.

The following year, the band embarked on their “A Bit of Grass-Stain Does Not A Ruined Pair of Jeans Make” tour. In 2009 they released “The Hazards of Love,” and 2011 brought their most recent album “The King is Dead.” Their most recent single “Down By the Water” has garnered the band impressive radio air time, placing them in the mainstream. Hear them play songs new and old at the Lawn at White River State Park this Friday, August 5.

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The Decemberists
Friday, August 5, 2011
7:30 pm

The Lawn at White River State Park
801 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN