The Decemberists Cancer Update

Jenny Conlee in remission

The Decemberists keyboard player Jenny Conlee has received some good news in her battle with breast cancer.

A hugely respected group, The Decemberists struggled to find an audience for their expansive folk infused material. This struggle seemed to define them, with the Canadian group bonding on long tours across North America.

So the news that Jenny Conlee was suffering from breast cancer obviously left the band shaken. Undergoing medical treatment, the keyboard player withdrew from public appearances to focus on her health.

Now the band have revealed some good news. The Decemberists’ Colin Melloy wrote on Twitter that Jenny Conlee has entered the remission stage of her therapy: “For those of you wondering, saw Jenny this week; our girl’s officially in remission! #teamjenny #beyondchemodrome”.

Meanwhile, The Decemberists are gearing up for the release of new EP ‘Long Live The King’. Out-takes from sessions for recent album ‘The King Is Dead’, the collection includes ‘E Watson’ – which contains backing vocals from Laura Veirs and Annalisa Tornfelt – and a cover of the Grateful Dead’s ‘Row Jimmy’.

Available to pre-order now, The Decemberists are set to release ‘Long Live The King’ on November 1st. Full tracklisting as follows:

1. E. Watson
2. Foregone
3. Burying Davy
4. I4U & U4ME (Home Demo)
5. Row Jimmy
6. Sonnet

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Elsewhere, The Decemberists recently aired a performance of ‘Calamity Song’ from the August show at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly. Watch it below…

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