It’s now been more than three years since the National released Trouble Will Find Me, their last album. Members of the band have kept themselves plenty busy with various other projects, but it seems more and more like the band is warming up to drop something new on us. In their live shows, they’ve been debuting more and more new songs, and we posted video of them playing “Sometimes I Don’t Think” and “The Day I Die” last month. Last night, the band played the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and their set leaned heavily on new material. They played those two songs, as well as the newish joints “Roman Candle” and “The Lights.” The War On Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel sat in on guitar on two songs. And as their first encore, they debuted an absolutely gorgeous new song called “Prom Song 13th Century (Frankie & Johnny).” Matt Berninger sang it as a duet with St. Vincent mastermind Annie Clark, and in a charming moment toward the end of the song, the two of them danced together. Below, watch some very good fan-made videos of them playing that song and “Find A Way”; thanks to reader Renee Barrera for the tip.
Check out our 2015 cover story on the National here.