Watch The National Play “Silver Bells” On Colbert

On The Colbert Report last night, the National continued their long quest to appear on every single TV show on Matt Berninger’s DVR queue. This is Christmas carol week on Colbert, which means Colbert will sing a holiday standard with a different guest every night. And last night, it was Berninger and the two Dessner twins, backing up Colbert and grizzled Southern rock Gregg Allman on “Silver Bells.” You might think that Berninger’s depressive rumblecroak isn’t ideally suited for Christmas music, but you… actually, you’d be exactly right. Watch the entirely joke-free performance below.

The Dessners’ Christmas-sweater game is strong.