The National make their ‘Saturday Night Live’ debut

Lena Dunham hosts as band perform two songs from their 'Trouble Will Find Me' album

The National made their ‘Saturday Night Live’ debut yesterday (March 8) as they performed two songs from their most recent album, 2013’s ‘Trouble Will Find Me’.

The five-piece played ‘Graceless’ followed by ‘I Need My Girl’ on the long-running NBC entertainment show.

‘Girls’ creator Lena Dunham was the host, using the show to defend her HBO drama series from accusations of gratuitous nudity. During her opening monologue, Dunham said sex scenes were “our thing”, stating that they are a trademark of ‘Girls’ similar to “the puffy shirt” worn by Jerry Seinfeld in ‘Seinfeld’. A later sketch of ‘Girls’ taking place in the Garden of Eden from The Bible explored the series’ attitude to nudity and feminism.

Dunham had appeared in a trailer for the show with The National, in which she joked that they formed “The National… association of hotties.” The trailer can be seen below.

The National’s appearance followed their headline show at the first 6 Music Festival on March 1 at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse, which is currently scheduled to be their only UK concert this year.