The Decemberists Biography
Out of Portland, Oregon USA, the Alternative Folk-Rock outfit The Decemberists formed in 2000, lead by singer + guitarist Colin Meloy and with Chris Funk on guitar, Jenny Conlee on keyboard + accordion, Nate Query on bass and Ezra Holbrook on drums.
The quintet soon released an indie 5-song EP and in May 2002 issued their debut album, "Castaways And Cutouts", through Hush Records. Holbrook left the band shortly afterward and The Decemberists replaced him with Rachel Blumberg.
Since their formation the group experienced numerous record label switches, in fact for their sophomore release, "Her Majesty", they signed with another Oregon-based label: Kill Rock Stars.
In the spring of 2005, the band released "Picaresque" which debuted at #8 on the Top Independent Albums chart and reached the #128 position on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 list.
The Decemberists made the unlikely jump to a major label and in October 2006 Capitol Records released "The Crane Wife"; this was the first album to feature John Moen on drums and also would be the band's first record to crack the top 40 of The Billboard 200.
Meloy and company returned two and a half years later with another critically lauded and fan-appreciated album, "The Hazards Of Love", which crested at #14 in U.S. and landed them for the first time in the U.K. top 50.
The Decemberists success continued to grow and in January 2011 they scored their first Billboard Top 200 #1 album with "The King Is Dead". The set includes the Alternative Rock top 20 hit single "This Is Why We Fight".