I love watching a band develop their sound.
It had been three years since I last saw The National in concert, and tonight seeing them play was like I was watching a different band. Not only were their songs played to perfection, but they were hilarious in between songs, and generally seemed to be enjoying themselves. Which for an audience member, makes the show even better.
It’s really an amazing feeling watching your favourite lyrics come to life right in front of your face. Without a doubt High Violet will make my record of the year; and I truly believe these guys are some of the greatest lyricists around. Westerbergian in my opinion.
Concert highlights include:
Bandmates revealing Matt Berninger’s various nicknames; Dick (Richard) Jagger, Panic Room & Blondie
Berninger instructing us not to applaud/cheer as it ruins the “melodramatic vibe” of their songs
How it took them to the encore to realize their set/lighting made them look like a giant ipod commercial (Dance, Bryan, dance!)
“It’s nice to see an appreciation for cannibalism” after playing Conversation 16
5 song encore (which made up for the fact they didn’t play Lemon World)
The last concert/event that left you on a high?