Darlings of quirky indie rock lovers everywhere, The Decemberists made their name with eccentric instrumentation, melancholy lyrics about ghosts, lost love, and consumption, and stage charisma to spare. A large part of their success is due to the driving vision of lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Colin Meloy, who was at La Zona Rosa last Monday.
Toughing out a cold and drinking a copious amount of wine, he performed mostly Decemberists songs. He teased the crowd with a sample of new material, titled “Hazard” on his set list; another epic, multi-act song about star-crossed lovers and heartbreak. From an older solo tour, he sang Morrissey’s Every Day is Like Sunday, and finished off the night – with help from an enthusiastic audience – with a group sing-along to a perennial crowd favorite, The Mariner’s Revenge Song.