The Decemberists debut new song “Traveling On” at tour kickoff — watch

A likely preview of their follow-up to 2015's What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

Photo by Philip Cosores

Back in January, The Decemberists announced “The Shuffling Off to Ragnarök Tour,” a trek on which they planned to road-test a “bunch of new songs.” At the tour’s kickoff over the weekend, the band made good on that promise, premiering a new track called “Traveling On”.

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As you can tell from the fan-shot footage above, “Traveling On” was a crowd pleaser and drew hearty applause from the captive audience. It’s not yet known whether this new material will appear on The Decemberists’ follow-up to 2015’s What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. However, if Colin Meloy and co. are truly “trying [new material] on like new clothes, seeing how they fit,” then it sounds like this song has just the right cut.

In addition to “Traveling On”, the 18-song set included the debut of a song called “We All Die You” (footage for that one has yet to surface). Here was the night’s full setlist:

The Infanta
We Both Go Down Together
The Wrong Year
Till the Water’s All Long Gone
Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
Traveling On (New Song)
The Gymnast, High Above Ground
Down by the Water
We All Die Young (New Song)
Lake Song
Los Angeles, I’m Yours
The Rake’s Song
O Valencia!
This Is Why We Fight

The Tain
June Hymn

Check out the remainder of The Decemberists’ touring schedule below. The group also recently announced its very own Travelers’ Rest Music Festival. The two-day event takes place August 12th and 13th in frontman Colin Meloy’s hometown of Missoula, Montana and features Belle & Sebastian, The Head and the Heart, Real Estate, Sylvan Esso, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Shakey Graves, Julien Baker, and more.

The Decemberists 2017 Tour Dates:
04/09 – Richmond, VA @ The National
04/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
04/12 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
04/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
04/15 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
04/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
04/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
04/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
08/08 – Vancouver, BC @ The Orpheum
08/09 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
08/12 – Missoula, MT @ Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheatre (Travelers’ Rest)
08/13 – Missoula, MT @ Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheatre (Travelers’ Rest)
08/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
08/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater


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