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The National Share Video for "Day I Die" + New Album Out Sept 8th

posted Aug 28, 2017, 11:39 PM by Vu Nguyen
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 create the final video.

I wrote custom software to collage multiple photographs together and to compile them into videos. A flickering color layer abstracted from broadcast television signals augments the black and white footage. The images are played back at 12fps, near the threshold of the persistence of vision."  

Starting Monday, September 4th the band will takeover SiriusXMU. Listen all week for exclusive interviews as they play tracks off their new album. On September 5th, 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 On Thursday night, the band will perform on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. To celebrate the release of Sleep Well Beast on September 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 ET on SiriusXMU, channel 35, and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at On September 9th, 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 on 4AD. Sleep Well Beast will be available in CD, digital and double LP formats.

In September, The National will embark on their nearly sold-out tour. U.S. stops include Forest Hills Stadium in New York on October 6, The Hollywood Bowl on October 11, and Greek Theatre in Berkeley on October 14 with a Sunday matinee on October 15. In advance of the tour The National have played Glastonbury in the second to headlining slot on the mainstage ("Could The National Be Glastonbury's Next Headliners?" said the NME review ), performed two intimate nights in the round at Hudson's Basilica and just played at Haven Festival in Copenhagen. For additional information and pre-sale registration visit


"The National's upcoming full-length, Sleep Well Beast, is shaping up to be 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

"'The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness' blends elements of the National's signature indie rock anthems with a shot of disco funk. A shuffling drum beat and a grimy guitar loop mix with a slow-burning blend of piano, synths and horns that rise at the end..." - Rolling Stone

"'Guilty Party' is an instant National classic; a brooding, longing love song of defeat, with a haunting melody that lingers in your head long after the song is over." - WXPN

Nobody Else Will Be There
Day I Die
Walk It Back
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
Born to Beg
Empire Line
I'll Still Destroy You
Guilty Party
Carin at the Liquor Store
Dark Side of the Gym
Sleep Well Beast

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

9/05/17 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA (SOLD OUT)
9/16/17 - Cork Opera House / Sounds From a Safe Harbour - Cork, IRELAND (SOLD OUT)
9/17/17 - Vicar Street - Dublin, IRELAND (SOLD OUT)
9/18/17 - Vicar Street - Dublin, IRELAND (SOLD OUT)
9/20/17 - Usher Hall - Edinburgh, UK (SOLD OUT)
9/21/17 - Usher Hall - Edinburgh, UK (SOLD OUT)
9/22/17 - O2 Apollo - Manchester, UK (SOLD OUT)
9/23/17 - O2 Apollo - Manchester, UK (SOLD OUT)
9/25/17 - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo - London, UK ^ (SOLD OUT)
9/26/17 - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo - London, UK ^ (SOLD OUT)
9/27/17 - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo - London, UK ^ (SOLD OUT)
9/28/17 - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo - London, UK ^ (SOLD OUT)
10/05/17 - Wang Theatre - Boston, MA * (SOLD OUT)
10/06/17 - Forest Hills Stadium - New York, NY #
10/7/17 - Stage AE - Pittsburgh, PA #
10/8/17 - Masonic Hall - Detroit, MI #
10/11/17 - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA % #
10/12/17 - CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre - San Diego, CA #
10/14/17 - Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA # (SOLD OUT)
10/15/17 - Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA
10/21/17 - Elbphilharmonie - Hamburg, GERMANY (SOLD OUT)
10/23/17 - Tempodrom - Berlin, GERMANY (SOLD OUT)
10/24/17 - Tempodrom - Berlin, GERMANY (SOLD OUT)
10/25/17 - AFAS Live - Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS (SOLD OUT)
10/26/17 - AFAS Live - Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
10/28/17 - Coliseum - Lisbon, PORTUGAL (SOLD OUT)
10/30/17 - Bozar - Brussels, BELGIUM (SOLD OUT)
10/31/17 - Bozar - Brussels, BELGIUM (SOLD OUT)
11/02/17 - Pitchfork Paris, Paris FRANCE
11/04/17 - Annexet - Stockholm, SWEDEN (SOLD OUT)
11/05/17 - Annexet - Stockholm, SWEDEN
11/06/17 - Sentrum Scene - Oslo, NORWAY (SOLD OUT)
11/07/17 - Sentrum Scene - Oslo, NORWAY
11/27/17 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR  ^ (SOLD OUT)
11/28/17 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA ^ (SOLD OUT)
11/29/17 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/01/17 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver BC, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/02/17 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver BC, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/04/17 - Verizon Hall - Philadelphia, PA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/05/17 - The Anthem - Washington,DC ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/07/17 - Metropolis - Montreal QC, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/08/17 - Metropolis - Montreal QC, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/09/17 - Sony Centre - Toronto ON, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/10/17 - Hamilton Place Theatre - Hamilton ON, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/12/17 - Civic Opera House - Chicago, IL ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/13/17 - Civic Opera House - Chicago, IL ^ (SOLD OUT)
1/20/18 -  Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - The Joint - Las Vegas, NV
1/23/18 - Pepsi Center WTC - Mexico City, MX
2/21/18 - Sydney Opera House Forecourt - Sydney, AUSTRALIA
2/25/18 - Villa Maria Winery - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
2/27/18 - Riverstage - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
3/1/18 - Sidney Myer Music Bowl - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA