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    (2000- )
    Born in Portland, Oregon
    Colin Meloy, lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and harmonica
    Chris Funk, lead guitar
    Nate Query, bass guitar
    Jenny Conlee, keyboards and accordion
    John Moen, drums (since 2005)
    Recorded the albums ‘Castaways and Cutouts’ (2002), ‘Her Majesty the Decemberists’ (2003), ‘Picaresque’ (2005), ‘The Crane Wife’ (2006), ‘The Hazards of Love’ (2008), ‘The King Is Dead’ (2011), ‘What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World’ (2015), and ‘I’ll Be Your Girl’ (2018)
    Recorded the singles ‘The Perfect Crime #2’ (2006), ‘Down by the Water’ (2010), ‘This Is Why We Fight’ (2011), ‘Calamity Song’ (2012), ‘Make You Better’ (2014), ‘Severed’ (2018), and ‘Sucker’s Prayer’ (2018)
    The A.V. Club described them as ‘notoriously idiosyncratic.’
    Meloy described himself as ‘slavishly devoted’ to Morrissey and got a tattoo of the singer.
    They originally considered presenting ‘The Hazards of Love’ as a musical before deciding it was ‘unstageable.’
    The biography on their webpage claimed that they met in a Turkish bath and ‘travel exclusively by Dr. Herring’s Brand dirigible balloons.’
    After their equipment trailer was stolen, they received aid from the Shins, the Dandy Warhols, and fans who organized a fundraiser (2005).
    ’The Crane Wife’ was voted favorite album of the year by NPR listeners.
    They staged a mock feud with Stephen Colbert that ended with a guitar challenge between Funk and Colbert – who faked a hand injury and brought in Peter Frampton to take over (and win).
    They encourage audience participation during their live shows.

Credit: C. Fishel

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