Soundcheck: The Decemberists Perform Live

The Decemberists perform, joined by Shara Worden and Becky Stark

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Decemberists The Decemberists, Nate Query; bass, Colin Meloy; vocals and guitar, and Becky Stark; guest vocals (photo: Scott Ellison Smith)

"There’s an odd bond between the music of the British folk revival and classic metal," says The Decemberists frontman, Colin Meloy. The Portland, Oregon group’s latest album, The Hazards of Love is an hour-long, 17-track rock-opera.

"It grew into the idea of creating a suite of songs based on old folk songs," says Meloy, "by building a narrative, piecing together disparate motifs, [and] developing actual protagonists." This ambitious narrative of star-crossed lovers and a shape-shifting beast is set to a score that recalls the folk-pop of the 1960s and prog rock of the '70s. The Hazards of Love is the band's fifth, full-length album and was released in March 2009.

The Decemberists kicked off Soundcheck's second live broadcast in WNYC's The Greene Space on June 11th, performing “Won’t Want for Love (Margaret In The Taiga)” and “The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid”. Joining them were guest vocalists Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond and Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond.

Watch the video of the performance below.

The Decemberists
photo: Scott Ellison Smith
The Decemberists, Nate Query; bass, Colin Meloy; vocals and guitar, and Becky Stark; guest vocals
Line around the block
photo: Scott Ellison Smith
Crowd waits outside WNYC's Green Space before the show
Schaefer interviews Colin Meloy
photo: Scott Ellison Smith
Host, John Schaefer interviews Decemberists' frontman, Colin Meloy
audience
photo: Scott Ellison Smith
The WNYC Soundcheck audience waits
Colin Meloy and Becky Stark
photo: Scott Ellison Smith
Vocalist and songwriter, Colin Meloy begins the show with Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond
photo: Scott Ellison Smith
Decemberists, Chris Funk on the guitar and John Moen on drums
The Decemberists group
photo: Scott Ellison Smith
The Decemberists sing a selection from their new album, an hour-long, rock-opera, the Hazards of Love

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