What It's Like For An Artist On Album Release Day

Colin Meloy of The Decemberists takes us through the wide range of emotions he experiences.

March 23, 2018

Photo Marty Rosenbaum/WXRT


There aren't a lot of things that can replicate the feeling of waking up and knowing the newest album from your favorite band has just been released. However you decide to consume it, it becomes the day's priority. 

For an artist? It's a whole different experience. 

Marty Lennartz caught up with The Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy on the day the band released their eighth studio album I'll Be Your Girl with Meloy joking, “I don’t know how much more I could take.”

Meloy described the day by saying “There’s so much pent up expectation, worry, and excitement. It’s always surreal on release day.”

Despite the wide range of emotions an album release day presents, Meloy knew the latest album was very much true to the bands songwriting roots. "Whatever instrumentation you try out, the song and the voice are very much the same. We cannot not make a Decemberists song," he said.

Hear their full conversation below.