Grab your thesaurus, they’re back.
After a self-imposed hiatus, with lead singer Colin Meloy out on solo tour, the extravagantly big-wordy indie pop band the Decemberists is back on tour, this time promoting their newest of seven studio albums, “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.”
It has been pretty terrible since they’ve been gone.
But, it’s all beautiful again, as fans and newbies will find out when the Decemberists bring their strange mix of historical pageant drama, pop-infused melodies, and polysyllabic lyrics to Northrop’s Carlson Family Stage at 7:30 p.m. March 24.
At $36 a ticket, it’s impermissible to miss them.
It’s seemed like forever since “The King Is Dead” was released in 2011, although you might’ve caught the band’s effigies on “The Simpsons,” so their newest album is a welcome relief to fans, especially since their discography (which includes their superior 2005 “Picaresque,” out of which the first track — the luxuriously loquacious “The Infanta” — found its way onto an episode of AMC’s hit show “Mad Men”) is scant.
Even more exciting, The Decemberists’s live shows frequently border on the fully-staged, with audience participation a highlight. (It’s unlikely many will forget the once-promised musical staging of their hit album “The Hazards of Love,” which didn’t turn out to be so practical after all.)
Given their steady reliance on historical events, and the emotions stirred by them, it’s not too hard to guess that the band’s name references the 1825 Russian Decembrist uprising, but Meloy has also gone on record saying it reflects the “drama and melancholy” of the month itself.
Leave the drama to the band, whose tendency towards heavily-embroidered folklore, blended with a modern sound and IQ-test-worthy lyrics, makes them captivating to behold.
It’ll only turn to melancholy if they go away again.