Colin Meloy and his hyper-literate band played their new album The Hazards of Love in its entirety during a SXSW show at Stubb's on Wednesday night. Along with the new material, Meloy unveiled a fresh look during the show: a groovy pair of mutton chops.
Before the Quincy Jones keynote yesterday, I had some time in line to properly collect my thoughts about The Decemberists (pictured) debut performance of "The Hazards of Love" on Wednesday night (March 18). They'll be playing their new record each night on their forthcoming tour and I think fans who know the record will be in for a treat. But a few more thoughts. At first, it starts off rather slow and mellow, but by the time My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden appears for "The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid" the set really gets going. She's killer.
Regarding the winding narrative aspect of the record, if you don't know the story or the vocals are spotty, it's hard to keep up with what's going on. In that respect, for some folks, I can see the "story" being lost. But the music cycles through every so often, so even if you're not at all paying attention to poor old Margaret's dilemma, you'd still feel like you're in the loop.