Drowned in Sound caught up with Colin Meloy, Decemberists' spiritual leader, vocalist and lyricist:
"Things have been fantastic. We're at the beginning of what promises to be a great tour 'til the end of October, after which we'll be visiting your merry shores for a tour of the UK/Europe in November. We're now four dates into the tour, which has been lovely. The whole thing started with a band with two sold out shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Hopefully this bodes well for the rest of the tour."
...and on their forthcoming UK shows: "A happier, less sleep-deprived, and marginally better-fed band than leapt the pond a year ago. We're excited to get back to the UK for sure. After these dates we're going to take a little breather. Mr. Moen (drummer) is heading off to Australia with Steven Malkmus to do a short tour and I'm going to hole up at home and work on songs for the next record. There are rumblings of a solo tour in January (which may or may not produce another cover EP) after which we'll start working on a new record."
Here's those UK dates in full:
14 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
15 Manchester Academy 3
16 Glasgow ABC2
17 London ULU
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