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The Decemberists

The Decemberists assert that they are primarilly influenced by classic indie rock bands such as The Shins, Death Cab for Cutie, The Thermas and Earlimart. Unlike these bands however, The Decemberists are a folk indie rock band that employ traditional folk instruments such as the stand up bass, accordion, organ, melodica, guitar and piano. Their sound is quite a bit similar to a folky version of The New Pornographers. Colin Meloy's youthful voice layers on top of patient instrumentals to bring a modern taste to carnival rock.

Out of Portland, Oregon, The Decemberists formed in 2000. Their biography states that they met in a Turkish bath; in reality however, they formed after Colin Meloy's band Tarkio broke up in 2000. After Meloy met Mat Query, each new member introduced another member until they formed their quintet. The Decemberists have since experienced numerous member changes and record label switches (initially on Kill Rock Stars). Their success continues to grow by the day nonetheless, and today The Decemberists are a world-wide indie rock phenomenon.

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