The National played their song ‘Sorrow’ live for six hours straight yesterday (May 5) in New York.
The band played the ‘High Violet’ track over and over in a collaboration with artist Ragnar Kjartansson called A Lot Of Sorrow. Click above to see fan-shot footage of one of the performances of the song.
The National ended up playing the track 105 times, reports Pitchfork, who add that drummer Bryan Devendorf sat out one take of the song.
On the Facebook page, the band commented, jokingly: “For the encore, The National played ‘Sorrow’.” The one-track setlist is pictured.
The show took place at Moma PS1 in Long Island City, New York. A press release from the gallery reads: “By stretching a single pop song into a day-long tour de force the artist continues his explorations into the potential of repetitive performance to produce sculptural presence within sound.”
It continues: “As in all of Kjartansson’s performances, the idea behind A Lot of Sorrow is devoid of irony, yet full of humour and emotion. It is another quest to find the comic in the tragic and vice versa.”
Last month The National played two songs from their forthcoming sixth studio album ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
The Brooklyn band performed ‘Sea Of Love’ and a web exclusive of ‘I Need My Girl’ on the programme – scroll down to watch footage of both.
As previously reported, St Vincent, Sharon Van Etten and Sufjan Stevens will all make appearances on the new album which was produced by Craig Silvey. The follow-up to 2010’s ‘High Violet’, the record is due for release on May 20 via 4AD.
Matt Berninger recently revealed to NME the album is influenced by a preoccupation with death. “It’s a record about getting older, and all the fascinations and headaches that go with that,” he said. “But it’s not grim, honestly! It’s actually pretty fun.”
The National will play six gigs in the UK and Ireland this November. The dates are as follows:
Belfast Odyssey Arena (November 9)
Dublin O2 Arena (10)
Manchester O2 Apollo (11, 12)
London Alexandra Palace (13, 14)