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Sunday, March 14, 2010

The National gives Brooklyn a preview of a potential indie rock classic

Despite the washout weekend, New Yorkers managed to pull it together and congregate at the off-the-beaten-path Bell House to catch hometown heroes, The National, bring two nights of their indie/psyche/folk to the stage. With a somewhat slow start, fans gradually rolled in, fluttering their umbrellas, shaking off the additional shower and gathering in the lounge, well aware of the fortune of having found out of this “secret” sell out show.

Soon enough, the National took the stage, starting off the night with a preview of their forthcoming LP, High Violet. The slow, sweeping guitar riffs began as the audience’s interest piqued. “Sorrow,” “the happiest song on their record”, as singer Matt Berninger introduced it, is a dreamy, somber-toned song that keeps in the tradition of The National’s dark-yet-elegant demeanor. Plowing through an action packed set, the band consciously managed to mix in several new selections, as well as classics like “Mistaken for Strangers,” “Secret Meeting,” “Apartment Story” and the ever so expressive “Abel.”

Amounting to what seemed a little over an hour long set, including a long encore, the band closed the night with the slick and climactic new cut “Bad Love.” Above all, even given the torrential elements, The National brought their highly anticipated voice to Brooklyn to give their hometown fans a gracious and intimate taste of what is yet to come – a potential indie rock classic.

Photos and Review by - Rick Gonzalez


Anonymous said...

You must've left early. I counted 1 hr. 40 minutes worth of rock.

Anonymous said...

The closing song is called "Terrible Love" not "Bad Love"