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Published: 2018/01/17

The Decemberists Announce New Album I’ll Be Your Girl, Set Tour Dates

The Decemberists have announced a new studio album, I’ll Be Your Girl, which is set for release on March 16 via Capitol Records. The band has also unveiled the record’s first single, along with a batch of spring and summer tour dates.

I’ll Be Your Girl was recorded in the group’s hometown of Portland, OR, with producer John Congleton, who has worked with the likes of St. Vincent, Lana del Rey, Angel Olsen and more. In a note posted to their Facebook page, the band writes: “The songs tend to the darker, more absurdist side of things — I mean, how can you blame us — and features a lot of nice vintage synth work by Jenny and Chris, some heavy drumming from Mr. Moen and, of course, the sort of baroque bass work you’ve come to expect from the former Mr. Lincoln High, Nate Query. All in all, everyone acquitted themselves quite nicely.”

“When you’ve been a band for 17 years, inevitably there are habits you fall into,” lead vocalist and songwriter Colin Meloy says in a press release. “So our ambition this time was really just to get out of our comfort zone. That’s what prompted working with a different producer and using a different studio. We wanted to free ourselves from old patterns and give ourselves permission to try something different.”

The Decemberists tour will kick off March 22 in Pomona, CA, and will hit venues in Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Washington, DC, St. Louis, Boston, Toronto, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Seattle and more before rounding out in Missoula, MT, for their own inaugural festival, Travelers’ Rest. See the dates below, along with I’ll Be Your Girl single “Severed” and the album’s tracklist.

The Decemberists Tour Dates

March 22 Pomona, CA – Fox Theater
March 23 Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre
March 24 Tempe, AZ – Innings Festival
April 6 St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
April 8 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
April 10 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
April 13 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
April 14 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
April 15 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
April 16 Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center
April 18 Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
April 19 Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
April 20 Richmond, VA – The National
April 21 Washington, DC – The Anthem
April 23 Geneva, NY – Smith Opera House
April 24 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
April 25 St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
May 22 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre+
May 23 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
May 25 Ann Arbor, MI – Hill Auditorium
May 26 Lewiston, NY – Artpark
May 27 Boston, MA – Boston Calling Festival
May 28 Montreal, QC – MTELUS
May 30 Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 31 Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center
June 2 Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
June 5 Louisville, KY – Iroquois Amphitheater
June 7 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts^
June 8 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall^
June 9 Shelburne, VT – The Green at Shelburne Museum^
June 10 Portland, ME – State Theatre^
June 13 Brooklyn, NY – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell^
June 15 North Adams, MA – MASS MoCA
June 21 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre^
June 22 Troutdale, OR – Edgefield^
June 23 Troutdale, OR – Edgefield^
August 4-5 Missoula, MT – Travelers’ Rest

^ with M. Ward
+ with Whitney

I’ll Be Your Girl Tracklist:

1. Once In My Life
2. Cutting Stone
3. Severed
4. Starwatcher
5. Tripping Along
6. Your Ghost
7. Everything Is Awful
8. Sucker’s Prayer
9. We All Die Young
10. Rusalka, Rusalka / The Wild Rushes
11. I’ll Be Your Girl

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