The Decemberists Kick Off Tour With New Song

The Oregonian band start their spring shows with something brand new.

Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Mark Horton/Getty Images • April 11, 2017

The Decemberists' The Shuffling Off to Ragnarök Tour was created for the purpose of trying out new material in a live setting, so it's no surprise that on the first date of the trek in Pittsburgh, they busted out fresh tunes.

The Portland, Oregon, band debuted "Traveling On," a moderately tempoed, harmonious ballad with a country feel. Jenny Conlee's accordion acts like another voice in the mix, giving the whole ditty a grander feel. "No one knows you / Nations loathe you / Please let me know if I should recuse myself / But we're traveling on," Colin Meloy sings. "Traveling On" dwindles out into a dainty and forlorn acoustic guitar, which draws out a happy applause from those at the show.

In their 18-song set, The Decemberists also debuted a song called "We All Die You," Consquence of Sound reports, but footage has yet to surface. There's a likely chance that these new songs will appear on the follow-up LP to 2015's What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

The Decemberists continue their batch of shows with a performance at Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday. During the tour, they'll also be playing Travelers Rest later this summer, so grab your tickets for that now.