In December of 1825 a faction of liberal military officials staged a revolt against the conservative Tsar Nicholas I in the Senate Square of St. Petersburg, Russia. Although defeated by the Tsar’s army, the proto-communist group of dissenters is known to history as the Decembrists--named after the month of their heroic uprising.
In 1999, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Colin Meloy left his alt-country band Tarkio in Missoula, Montana for the soggy climes of Portland, Oregon. By 2000 he had assembled bassist Nate Query, keyboardist Jenny Conlee, guitarist Chris Funk, and drummer Ezra Holbrook into a musical collective named The Decemberists in reference to those rebels of 1825. Meloy added an “e,” possibly for the commercial purposes of... Read More