Secial Guest: Owen Pallett
When The National performed to an ecstatic audience at the Marquee last June they walked off stage and immediately asked ‘Can we do this again next year?’ such was the electricity of the occasion. They followed that show with a sold-out 02 in Dublin in November proving indie-rock bands can step up to arenas and still have the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention. The lyrical soul-searching intelligence you hear on The National’s records takes on an intense almost frenzied dimension when performed live. It’s impossible not to be moved by Matt Beringer’s raw animation.
The National released their sixth album Trouble Will Find Me last May, entering the US album charts at #3 and from there filtering out into the hearts and minds of a gently multiplying global fanbase. When you see them perform live it’s easy to see why their slow-build popularity is so consistent; they give everything to their performance, from the inventive string arrangements to the beautiful balance of soulful sad songs and abrasive rock songs to the brilliant visual backdrop and the magnetism of their possessed front man.
“It's the subtlety, and the self-awareness, that make this album exquisite.” – The Guardian