August 2nd, 2018 | Photos

Photos by Leslie Kalohi

Touring in support of the band’s latest release I’ll Be Your Girl, The Decemberists embraced both the minimal and the bombastic, as the band led Los Angeles fans on an epic journey at the Greek Theatre.

Clad in custom outerwear by Ft. Lonesome, with frontman Colin Meloy’s jacket sporting a large “Trump Monster” on the back, The Decemberists showcased the new album and its reaction to the current political climate. The synthpop of “Severed” shows the greatest musical departure for the band, while the cheeriness of “Everything is Awful” draws from Meloy’s famously sardonic humor.

In an almost unheard of move by a band, Meloy boldly announced that the band would not be performing the tried and true setlist staple, “Los Angeles, I’m Yours” for the Greek Theatre audience, but did offer an acceptable consolation prize with the San Francisco-centric “Grace Cathedral Hall.”

The night’s encore was an easy transition from the last song of the night, “I Was Meant for the Stage,” as the finale was plenty theatrical in nature. From the profanity-laden, haughty “Ben Franklin’s Song,” a rejected Hamilton tune featuring lyrics penned by Lin-Manuel Miranda, to the epic tale on the high seas with “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” (complete with a massive inflatable whale swimming across the audience), The Decemberists provided the perfect, epic closer under the summer evening sky.

Whitney opened with a sublime set as the sun went down on the Greek Theatre.

I’ll Be Your Girl
Everything is Awful
On the Bus Mall
Won’t Want For Love (Margaret in the Taiga)
Make You Better
Cutting Stone
Perfect Crime #2

Once in My Life
The Island
Grace Cathedral Hall
Sucker’s Prayer
The Queen’s Rebuke / The Crossing
Rusalka, Rusalka / Wild Rushes
I Was Meant for the Stage

Ben Franklin’s Song
The Mariner’s Revenge Song