The Decemberists

By • Aug 1st, 2009 • Category: Band Bios

thedecemberistsIn what was not exactly a ringing endorsement for the way that fantasy rock operas usually translate on stage during a typical mid-August outdoor festival, Jethro Tull declined to play the inaugural Woodstock Festival in 1969. Then again, Led Zeppelin and The Doors also turned down the chance to perform at the historic “three days of peace and music” — yet hard rock is still well represented at today’s summer festivals which follow in Woodstock’s footsteps 40 years later. So perhaps Colin Meloy and his band of merry folklorists can find their niche at Lollapalooza after all. On the heels of their brilliant The Hazards of Love, a 17-song fable of epic proportions, the Portland-based chamber-pop ensemble finds itself expertly toeing the line between tongue-in-cheek antics and a full-on belief in their hyper-literate tales. It’s an awesome hybrid of silly storytelling and serious rock ‘n’ roll that even Mr. Tull in his heyday could never quite reach.

Chicago Innerview, August 2009

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