Ahead of The National returning to London for a huge headline slot at All Points East in August, the band have shared exclusive footage of them performing fan favourite ‘I Should Live In Salt’ from their summer 2022 tour. See it first on NME above.
The band will headline the festival in the capital’s Victoria Park once again on August 26. To get a taste of what to expect, you can see the band performing the opener of their acclaimed 2013 album ‘Trouble Will Find Me‘ live from their Paris show back in May above.
Yesterday, the full line-up was revealed for The National’s English Festival exclusive show. Joining the bill will be special guests Parcels, Villagers, Tune-Yards, Valerie June, Balthazar, and Dehd. They join previously announced guests Fleet Foxes, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Kurt Vile, Perfume Genius, Low, Lucy Dacus, Rae Morris, Cassandra Jenkins and Bess Atwell.
For tickets and more information for The National performing at All Points East, visit here.
After kicking off their tour back in May, the band have been airing three brand new songs as part of their setlist.
In a social media post back in May, The National shared that they have been working on new material. “Rehearsals are underway,” they wrote on Instagram. “It’s great for the seven of us to finally be back together in a room working on music both fresh and familiar.”
Guitarist Bryce Dessner previously confirmed that the band were working on their next album – the follow-up to 2019’s ‘I Am Easy To Find’ – although he “wasn’t sure when new music will come”.
“It’s all very exciting: it kind of feels back to the classic National sound in a way, which was really just the five of us, and it has a lot of energy in it,” he explained. “Maybe it’s like bursting out of the closed doors of COVID or something? I don’t know. But we’re excited and I would think it would be imminent at some point.”
Dessner’s comments appear to echo those of frontman Matt Berninger, who told NME in 2019 that they had some “rockier” songs from their last record that they may “get out of the freezer”.
Drummer Bryan Devendorf then told NME in 2020 that he wants the band’s next album to be a “stripped-back rock record” in a similar vein to IDLES.
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“I think it’s back to the drawing board,” said Devendorf. “We’re starting from the bottom of the mountain.
He added: “Personally, I’ve always wanted to strip it back and do minimalist stuff like IDLES – they’re one of our new favourites. I love their production and their music.”