Headed by vocalist Matt Berninger, The National burst onto the alt-rock scene in 1999 and released their self-titled debut album in 2001. The quintet, hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, has released a total of eight albums to date, with I Am Easy to Find dropping in May 2019. The band's style hews to what used to be called college rock, with literate lyrics that tend toward the melancholy. In 2013, their single "Lean" appeared on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The National has performed at a myriad of events, including the Latitude Festival in the UK, Auckland City Limits in New Zealand and the Panorama Festival in New York City.
American Mary: A Brief History
The National began its journey in Ohio when Berninger and Scott Devendorf were both graphic design students at the University of Cincinnati. With Mike Brewer, Casey Reas and Jeff Salem, they formed a garage band, calling themselves Nancy after Berninger's mother. Although Nancy released one album on Wife Records, they broke up when four of its five members moved to New York City. Eventually, Berninger and Devendorf joined forces with Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner and Bryan Devendorf, all of whom had been playing in bands together for years. Visitors to The National's website will note that the domain name is actually americanmary.com. Devoted fans will recognize that title as a single from their debut album, which the band elected to keep as the website name even as the band rose to greater acclaim. Their self-titled debut and its 2003 follow-up, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, were released to little fanfare on an indie label, but their third effort, Alligator, reached a wider audience on account of its solid critical reviews. The sixth album by The National, Trouble Will Find Me, was nominated for Best Alternative Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Through the years, the members of the band have also devoted themselves to a number of humanitarian causes, among them Partners in Health and a charity devoted to the preservation of Tibetan heritage.
Where can I buy The National tickets?
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Where is The National playing?
The National has dates scheduled throughout various European cities for the summer of 2019. Their return to the US is expected around Labor Day, beginning at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Wash., before moving eastward.
What can I expect when attending The National concerts?
The band's lyrics are deep and metaphorical with an emphasis on imagery rather than hard-core instrumentals. The vibe is more relaxed than you might expect from a typical rock concert, but you should still prepare for large crowds.
How long does The National usually play during a concert?
A typical setlist consists of 20-25 songs of varying lengths, so you can expect to spend at least two hours at a concert by The National.
What is The National's tour setlist like?
The band will usually hit the highlights from their latest album, but you can also expect to hear time-tested favorites from the early releases. For example, the song "Start a War" from the band's fourth studio album Boxer has appeared on several television shows, and because it is a big draw for many fans, it will likely appear in their setlist.
Will The National tour in 2019?
The National is currently touring behind its May 2019 album, I Am Easy to Find. This tour is expected to extend well into 2020 with a stop in Tokyo as well as multiple dates scheduled in various Australian cities.Back to Top
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