The National kicked off their tour promoting recent record ‘I am Easy to Find’ to a wildly enthusiastic crowd at a sun-drenched Deer Lake Park. Before the band came on, the large multimedia screens presented footage from backstage as the sound system perked up getting the audience all riled up and ready to go.
Frontman Matt Berninger walked out to introduce the band with a red plastic cup in his hand as he sauntered around the stage and made his way to the mic giving a few shoutouts and introducing the first song of the evening Rylan. In an interview with Pitchfork, Aaron Dessner stated that Rylan was one of the hardest songs on the album to record yet the bands’ performance of this was seamless and even included local singer-songwriter Hannah Georgas.
The National then moved on to the bright melancholy of Quiet Light as spectators watched the sky darken as if choreographed perfectly.
Berninger, cool and collected, continued to pace around the stage in his black jacket, dark jeans and shirt and introduced Hey Rosey, a song that he mentioned was written mostly by his wife without him.
This is definitely one of those National tours that is a must-see from intricate visuals to a musical prowess that proves just how far the band has come since their start 20 years ago.
The National are set to continue on tour until April jumping from North America to Europe and Asia, and ending in New Zealand just in case you missed this one and are planning some vacation time. 😉