Amy Harris Talks to Nate Query of the Decemberists

The Decemberists are a very popular folk rock group with an easy sound that appeals to the mass audience while keeping their Indie edge. They believe that life as a musician means continual evolution and that over the course of a career, any band worth paying attention to will pursue a sound, a direction of great adventure. The Oregon based group has spread from the West Coast bars to filling venues throughout the country. They are currently touring behind their new album The King is Deadwhich debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. They have collaborated with members from My Morning Jacket, R.E.M., and even the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Amy spoke with bassist Nate Query. The two discussed the new album and tour. They also spoke about the upcoming break the band will be taking and where the band is headed. The Decemberists will be performing Thursday night at Riverbend. It would be smart to catch this widely popular act it will be the last time they play Cincinnati before their scheduled hiatus.

Amy: I’ve been listening to the new album The King is Dead this week and I wanted to start with some questions about the album and how you put it together. My favorite song was the “January Hymn” song, and I was just curious about the story behind that song.

Nate: Well, I’m a bass player not the songwriter so I won’t read too much into it. That song and “June Hymn” is Colin kind of doing an ode to the seasons in Portland, especially in the part of Portland that he lives which is near a big park with a forest. A lot of the imagery is about painting a vivid picture of January in Oregon.

Amy: Most of your songs are very vivid storytelling. Do you write as a band or does one person take the lead?

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