Read, Watch, Listen: 4 Reasons You Should Be Listening To The National

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An introduction to The National

If you haven’t heard of them, The National are an indie-rock powerhouse. Formed in 1999 the band of 5 are made up of 1 set of twins, 1 set of brothers and a close friend and lead singer. Their career has been a long successful one that has proven to be unstoppable. I recommend them if you are a fan of bands like Arcade Fire, The Flaming Lips, Band of Horses or Pavement. Whilst the genre they fit in to is indie-rock, their music has a real somber edge to it. The National is one of the longest standing pioneers for this newer form of music. Here are just some of the reasons you should be listening to them.

Their career is a long one 

They have 7 albums under their belt now so there is a huge amount of catalogue to start with. Not only that but because of their long career they have also toured New Zealand a few times. The last time being only 2016 where they played the first ever Auckland City Limits. Before that was in 2014 at Vector Arena and in 2011 they played three sold out shows at The Power Station proving we must have some kind of liking for them.

They sound like this

Known for their emotive and serious lyrics and sound, they will draw emotion from you that you didn’t even realise you had. They take you to places that you didn’t know existed and most importantly, they have a sound that you can listen to for hours. This is their 2013 hit, “Sea of Love” which has over 5 million views on Youtube and is just one of the many videos that have millions of views.

“I Need My Girl” is the song that made me fall in love with The National. Perfectly somber as they consistently always are. It acts as a letter to past loves.

They have been called one of the greatest live acts in the world

Not only that but they have also been on NME’s list for the top 500 greatest albums in the world. Here is what you can expect from one of their live shows

You have been listening to them all this time without even realising.

The band established in 1999 and have a huge catalogue behind them already. This includes various television and movie soundtracks as well as appearances on Suits, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Skins and movie Warm Bodies.

They were here last year headlining the newest festival in New Zealand, Auckland City Limits. This time they are bringing their show to a different level. An all-ages concert at Villa Maria Winery. It promises to be intimate and if they’re headlining performance at ACL is anything to go by, un-missable. Buy your tickets here 

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Our resident vegan. Bridie loves all things plant-based, social issues and saving the world one plastic bag at a time. She is constantly adding to her diverse music collection and always looking for more. You'll catch her at as many music shows that she can humanly attend. Connect with her at bridiejune@gmail.com. Bring coffee.