The first time I listened to the Decemberists I was in a car hurtling up I95 in
to Gray-New Gloucester school. It was an inauspicious beginning, as I was underwhelmed.
Not surprising—I've been wrong before on a first listen, though never quite so
wrong as then.
Being a writer, I'm a lyric man, and singer/songwriter Colin Meloy makes the writing effortless, weaving in such words as ventricle and eidolon into his lyrics in such a way that they seem foundational, as opposed to flowery and show-offy.
The show Thursday night at the Fillmore was phenomenal. I don't recall any other concert that passed quite so quickly through sheer enjoyment.
Colin Meloy - The Rake's Song
The Decemberists @ the Fillmore Charlotte:
The Decemberists are:
- Colin Meloy – lead singer, songwriter, guitar, bouzouki, harmonica
- Chris Funk – guitar, mandolin, pedal steel, multi-instrumentalist
Hammondorgan, accordion, melodica, piano, keyboards, synthesizer
- Nate Query – bass guitar, double bass, cello
- John Moen – drums, backing vocals, melodica
The finale was wondrous fun:
My Top Five Decemberists Songs (song - album - year)