The National are an alternative rock band from Brooklyn, NY. On May 11th (US) and May 10th in the rest of the world, the band releases their fifth studio album entitled, “High Violet”.
I first heard of The National when their last album “Boxer” broke and gave the band some much deserved attention. It was one of my favorites of 2008 and is still in regular rotation. This opened my eyes to their previous albums, all of which are fantastic and very good.
Matt Berninger possesses a rich baritone that is unique and well suited to the melodic rock that the band is known for. Songs such as “Fake Empire” and “Squalor Victoria” demonstrate the bands versatility and poise.
On April 22nd and April 23rd, yours truly will be seeing the band perform at The National Theatre in Richmond, VA. These being the only east coast dates for a while as well as being held in a very small venue (1500 capacity), I have to say that I am nothing short of excited of being there for these shows. I hope to have audio and photos along with reviews that weekend, so check back if you’re interested.
High Violet’s first single is available for download from the band’s website, which you can grab by clicking here. They also recently performed the lead track off the album, called “Terrible Love” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and did a terrific job.
This release is shaping up to be a staple of “Best of” lists later this year and I am eagerly anticipating hearing all of the new songs.