The National – Full performance (Live at Rock the Garden 2019)
#TheNational painted the summer sky with #live versions of songs from their latest album, I Am Easy To Find. Their instruments sprawled across the stage and blue-and-white tapestries fluttered among horn players, drums, and an upright piano. Matt Berninger was joined onstage by two singers who filled in for the many guest vocals on I Am Easy To Find: Zoe Randell (of the Australian band Luluc) and Mina Tindel (who appears on the album’s track “Oblivions”).
“You guys have one of the best radio stations anywhere,” Berninger told the audience. The crowd sang along to favorites like “Bloodbuzz Ohio” and “Fake Empire” as Aaron and Bryce Dessner delivered delivering wailing guitar solos and softly plunked piano parts.
Berninger hopped off the stage at multiple points in the night to wade through the crowd. With just minutes left in the #concert, the National launched from “Mr. November” into “Terrible Love” while Berninger snaked through the audience, hair ruffled and forehead-to-forehead with fans.
You Had Your Soul With You
Don’t Swallow the Cap
Where Is Her Head
So Far So Fast
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
Easy to Find
**Note: footage is black and white at the band’s request.**