A date to remember with the Decemberists

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Preview: The Decemberists, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, March 12, 7.15pm.

THEIR gig may not be until March, but The Decemberists are coming to 1066 Country and tickets are sure to sell fast.

Promoting their latest album, The King Is Dead, the band are pencilled in for a De La Warr date on March 12.

Echoeing the homespun sound of albums like Neil Young’s Harvest and The Byrds, and more recent offerings from the likes of REM, the band’s latest release borrows heavily from the strongest of American music traditions.

Recorded in barn just outside Oregan amid 80 acres of lush meadows, forest and mountain views, The Decemberists new material is served up with the sort of a warmth and autumnal colouring not oft seen in today’s charts.

Much of their sound owes a debt to the traditional storytelling nature of old English folk tunes and the syntax of Irish and Japanese mythology - while still being stripped back in such a straightforward way that it belies the hundreds-of-years-in-the-making origins of the approach work.

Lyrically the band excells, evoking heady images of vast landscapes, luscious plants, and ice-cool water. However, while the nature motifs were more mystical on the band’s 2009 release The Hazards of Love, the flora described in The King is Dead is far more of a pastoral backdrop.

Wildly ambitious is their writing and boasting spellbinding soaring melodies, The Decemberists are a band worth putting a day aside for, whatever the month.

Tickets, priced £15, are available from the venue. For more information visit

ww.thedecemberists.com.