The National to release six hour performance of same song as box set

The band played three minute track 'Sorrow' continuously at New York's Museum Of Modern Art in 2013

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The National have announced details of a new box set release.

'A Lot of Sorrow' will document the band's 2013 performance at New York's Museum Of Modern Art, which saw them playing the same three-minute song ('Sorrow') continuously for six hours.

The band played the 'High Violet' track over and over in a collaboration with artist Ragnar Kjartansson. They ended up playing the track 105 times, with drummer Bryan Devendorf sitting out for one take of the song.

The release will come in the form of nine clear vinyl records, limited to a run of 1,500 copies. The box set will cost £120 ($150), coming on June 22.

Last week, The National released new single 'Sunshine On My Back' to mark the worldwide VHX release of documentary film Mistaken For Strangers.

The single was the band’s first new single since 2013’s album ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ and features artwork similar in spirit to that album. The band's spokeswoman confirmed to NME that it was produced by the band's brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner during the sessions for 'Trouble Will Find Me'.

Since the release of ‘Trouble Will Find Me’, The National released documentary film Mistaken For Strangers, about singer Matt Berninger’s brother Tom’s attempts to succeed as a director by filming the band on tour. The new single is available free to people who download the film from its website. The National also contributed the song ‘Lean’ to the soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

In June 2014, Matt Berninger said the band planned to start work on a new album that October. He said: “Everybody wants to change the way we work from the past. We don’t need to make another record like we’ve made the last three or four.”

The National headlined London’s O2 in November 2014, while Bryce Dessner curated the MusicNOW festival in Cincinnati in March which saw a performance by the full band.
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