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The National - 'Day I Die'
The National : 'Day I Die'
29th August 2017

The National shared their latest track ‘Day I Die’ from their forthcoming album Sleep Well Beast.

The video, which was directed by Casey Reas, compresses the frenetic energy of performing with the grind of touring.  It’s a day in the life of The National.  Reas adds, “Graham MacIndoe captured eighteen time-lapse photo series during rehearsals at Le Centquatre in June 2017 in Paris.  Hours of rehearsal are compressed into a few minutes.  Over five thousand of these photographs were brought together to make the final video.  I wrote custom software to collage multiple photographs together and to compile them into videos. A  flickering colour layer abstracted from broadcast television signals augments the black and white footage.  The images here are played back at 12fps, near the threshold of the persistence of vision.”   Watch the video below, or stream the new track on all platforms here.

Starting Monday, 4th September, the band will take over SiriusXMU.  Listen all week for exclusive interviews as they play tracks off their new album.  On 5th September, World Cafe and NPR Music will host a First Listen Live performance where the band will perform their new album to a sold out crowd in Philadelphia.  The performance can be streamed on NPR.org/music.  On Thursday night, the band will perform on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  To celebrate the release of Sleep Well Beast on 8th, the band will perform their new record in a special, intimate show at Bowery Ballroom exclusively for SiriusXM.  The performance will air live at 7:00 pm EST on SiriusXMU, channel 35, and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.  On 9th September, the band will be featured on CBS This Morning - Saturday.

The National claimed their first #1 at commercial radio on the Triple-A radio chart with ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’, and recently shared the track ‘Carin at the Liquor Store’.  Both songs, along with the previously released ‘Guilty Party’ are off the band’s seventh studio album Sleep Well Beast, out next week.

Sleep Well Beast is available for pre-order at americanmary.com and will be available in CD, digital and double LP formats.
You can pre-order on standard 2xLP (white vinyl), limited indie exclusive 2xLP (blue vinyl) or CD via 4AD here.
You can pre-order on all digital platforms here.

“The best album the band has done.” - NPR
“The National are having a moment, however unassumingly, at the top of whatever is left of serious rock music.” - Magnet
Sleep Well Beast is a towering achievement.” - Under The Radar
“It’s all beautifully put together.” - MOJO ****
“Superb.” - Uncut 8/10
“A beautiful piece of work.” - Record Collector ****

In September, The National will embark on their nearly sold-out world tour.  In advance of the tour, The National played Glastonbury in the second-to-headlining slot on the Pyramid Stage (“Could The National Be Glastonbury’s Next Headliners?” asked the NME), performed two intimate nights in the round at Hudson’s Basilica and just played Haven Festival in Copenhagen.  For additional information and pre-sale registration visit www.americanmary.com.

The National​ - Sleep Well Beast

1. Nobody Else Will Be There
2. Day I Die
3. Walk It Back
4. The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness 
5. Born to Beg
6. Turtleneck
7. Empire Line
8. I’ll Still Destroy You
9. Guilty Party
10. Carin at the Liquor Store
11. Dark Side of the Gym
12. Sleep Well Beast 

5th – Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA, US [SOLD OUT]
16th – Cork Opera House / Sounds From a Safe Harbour, Cork, Ireland [SOLD OUT]
17th – Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland [SOLD OUT]
18th – Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland [SOLD OUT]
20th – Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK [SOLD OUT]
21st – Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK [SOLD OUT]
22nd – O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK [SOLD OUT]
23rd – O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK [SOLD OUT]
25th – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK ^ [SOLD OUT]
26th – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK ^ [SOLD OUT]
27th – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK ^ [SOLD OUT]
28th – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK ^ [SOLD OUT]

5th – Wang Theatre, Boston MA, US * [SOLD OUT]
6th – Forest Hills Stadium, New York NY, US #
7th – Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA, US #
8th – Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI, US #
11th - Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA, US % #
12th - CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, San Diego, CA, US #
14th - Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA, US [SOLD OUT]
15th - Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA, US
21st – Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany [SOLD OUT]
23rd – Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany [SOLD OUT]
24th – Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany [SOLD OUT]
25th – AFAS Live, Amsterdam, The Netherlands [SOLD OUT]
26th – AFAS Live, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
28th – Coliseum, Lisbon, Portugal [SOLD OUT]
30th – Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium [SOLD OUT]
31st – Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium [SOLD OUT]

2nd - 4th – Pitchfork Paris, Paris, France
4th – Annexet, Stockholm, Sweden [SOLD OUT]
5th – Annexet, Stockholm, Sweden
6th – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway [SOLD OUT]
7th – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
27th – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland OR, USA [SOLD OUT]
28th – Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA, US ^ [SOLD OUT]
29th – Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA, US ^ [SOLD OUT]

1st – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver BC, Canada ^ [SOLD OUT]
2nd – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver BC, Canada ^ [SOLD OUT]
4th – Verizon Hall, Philadelphia PA, US ^ [SOLD OUT]
5th – The Anthem, Washington DC, US ^ 
7th – Metropolis, Montreal QC, Canada ^ [SOLD OUT]
8th – Metropolis, Montreal QC, Canada ^ [SOLD OUT]
9th – Sony Centre, Toronto ON, Canada ^ [SOLD OUT]
10th – Hamilton Place Theatre, Hamilton ON, Canada ^ [SOLD OUT]
12th – Civic Opera House, Chicago IL, US ^ [SOLD OUT]
13th – Civic Opera House, Chicago IL, US ^ [SOLD OUT]

20th - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, The Joint, Las Vegas NV, US
23rd - Pepsi Center WTC, Mexico City, Mexico

21st – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, Australia
25th – Villa Maria Winery, Auckland, New Zealand
27th – Riverstage, Brisbane, Australia

1st – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, Australia

# - w/ Daughter
% - w/ Local Natives  
^  - w/ This Is The Kit 
* - w/ Adia Victoria