Colin Meloy to release ‘the Wildwood Chronicles’ with wife-Carson Ellis +++ playing the Aragon w/ TH&TH this Monday!
Decemberist-Colin Meloy has written a novel titled the Wildwood Chronicles, and now has plans to release it on August 30th complimented by drawings by his wife Carson Ellis.
Back in the year 2000, Carson and I were living humble, impoverished lives in a warehouse in Portland, Oregon. I was thinking about starting a new band; Carson was doing oil paintings and selling them at fire-sale prices. We were kindred spirits. Since we'd met in college a few years prior, we discovered that our creative sensibilities lined up perfectly. Carson had done flyers for my college band. I sometimes suggested subjects for her paintings. We were looking for some way to create a real collaboration.
We started working on a story.
It would be an illustrated novel, we decided, and it would be for kids. It would be epic in scope. A war-torn world that existed, somehow, out of time. A young protagonist, searching for a lost relative. A mechanical boy-prince, whose resurrection and subsequent death was the ultimate cause for the heartbreak of a nation and, perhaps, the madness of his bereft parents. [Colin Meloy]
The Decemberists will be in Chicago this Monday (7/25), to play the Aragon Ballroom with support from The Head and the Heart. Tickets are (oddly) still available.