Decemberists Plot North American Tour, Return with First New Music in Six Years

Hear new single "Burial Ground" ahead of the band's visit to Toronto and Vancouver this year

Photo: Holly Andres

BY Allie GregoryPublished Feb 6, 2024

We last heard from the Colin Meloy-led Decemberists back in 2018 when they released their latest full-length album I'll Be Your Girl and subsequent EP, Traveling On. Now, they're back with their first new recording since then, as well as plans for a North American tour.  

Their first release in six years comes in the form of "Burial Ground," a Beatles-indebted folky pop song — featuring the Shins’ James Mercer on backing vocals — that Meloy calls a "dream song." You can listen to it below. 

“‘Burial Ground’ is in that time-honoured pop song tradition, a paean to hanging out in graveyards,” he explained. “The melody hook came to me in a dream and I hummed it into my phone on waking. Most dream-songs are bad; this was the exception.” 

So far, the track does not signal the release of a new album, but time will tell! What it does portend is their massive summer tour with Ratboys, which actually begins in spring; A Peaceable Kingdom tour kicks off in Kingston, NY, on April 30, before shortly winding to Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theatre on May 6. It's one of two Canadian stops on the trek, with Vancouver's performance coming on the penultimate tour date, July 29, also at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. 

A VIP ticket pre-sale begins February 7 at 10 a.m. PT. General on-sale begins February 9 at 10 a.m. local time. Find the full itinerary below. 

Decemberists 2024 Tour Dates: 

04/30 Kingston, NY - Ulster Performing Arts Center 
05/02 Boston, MA - Roadrunner 
05/03 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Paramount Theatre 
05/06 Toronto, ON - Exhibition Place - Queen Elizabeth Theatre 
05/07 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE 
05/08 Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore Philadelphia 
05/10 Washington DC - The Anthem 
05/11 Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center 
05/12 Atlanta, GA - The Eastern 
05/14 Dallas, TX - Majestic Theater 
05/15 Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall 
05/17 St Louis, MO - The Pageant 
05/18 Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater 
05/19 St Paul, MN - Palace Theatre 
05/21 Chicago, IL - Salt Shed 
05/22 Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theater 
05/24 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium 
07/12 Bend, OR - Hayden Homes Amphitheater^ 
07/13 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater 
07/15 Los Angeles, CA - The Bellwether 
07/18 San Diego, CA - Humphreys 
07/19 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater 
07/20 Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren 
07/22 Santa Fe, NM - The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing 
07/23 Denver, CO - The Mission Ballroom 
07/24 Sandy, UT - Sandy Amphitheater 
07/26 Missoula, MT - Kettlehouse Amphitheater 
07/27 Spokane, WA - Spokane Pavilion 
07/29 Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre 
08/03 Troutdale, OR - McMenamins Edgefield* 

^ with the Head and the Heart
* no Ratboys

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