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THE NATIONAL Return to Australia! Tour dates announced for March/April 2020

| 2 August 2019 | Reply

THE NATIONAL Return to Australia! Tour dates announced for March/April 2020

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The National will return to Australia in March and April 2020. The visit will see the band perform at stunning venues across the country, including three intimate nights in Melbourne’s iconic Palais Theatre, two nights at ICC Sydney Theatre, a performance at Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall and an evening under the stars at Fremantle Arts Centre. They will be supported on all dates by Phoebe Bridgers.

The tour will celebrate the release of The National’s eighth studio album I Am Easy To Find – out now via Remote Control Records / 4AD.

Formed in 1999, the Ohio-raised, Brooklyn-based band consists of vocalist Matt Berninger plus two pairs of brothers: Aaron Dessner (guitar, bass, piano) and Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Scott Devendorf (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).

The band’s most recent release I Am Easy To Find was a collaborative project with director Mike Mills. The results are I Am Easy To Find, a 24-minute film by Mills starring Alicia Vikander, and I Am Easy To Find, a 68-minute album by The National. The former is not the video for the latter; the latter is not the soundtrack to the former. The movie was composed like a piece of music; the music was assembled like a film, by a film director. The frontman and natural focal point was deliberately and dramatically side staged in favour of a variety of female voices, nearly all of whom have long been in the group’s orbit. It is unlike anything either artist has ever attempted and also totally in line with how they’ve created for much of their careers. The two projects are, as Mills calls them, “Playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other”—they share music and words and DNA and impulses and a vision about what it means to be human in 2019, but don’t necessarily need one another. I Am Easy To Find was produced by Mike Mills and The National at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY.

The National’s triumphant previous visit to Australia in 2018 included sold-out performances at Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl and Brisbane’s Riverstage. For their upcoming tour, the band will nestle into their most intimate Australian venues in a decade, delivering fans the raw intensity and emotion of their live show, up-close-and-personal like never before. Be quick – tickets will not last!

Joining The National on all dates will be special guest Phoebe Bridgers. Hailing from Los Angeles, Bridgers released her debut album Stranger In The Alps in 2017 to international acclaim, with haunting, introspective songs that garnered widespread comparisons to legendary songwriters like Elliott Smith and Joni Mitchell. In the last 12 months, Bridgers has continued with a prolific release schedule; teaming up with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus to release an EP as boygenius and joining forces with Conor Oberst for a full-length album under the guise Better Oblivion Community Centre. She returns to Australia following sell-out headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane earlier this year.

The National – Australian Tour 2020
Supported by Phoebe Bridgers

Saturday 21 March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
Tuesday 24 March – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney
Wednesday 25 March – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney
Friday 27 March – Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane
Monday 30 March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Tuesday 31 March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Wednesday 1 April – Palais Theatre, Melbourne

Praise for The National – I Am Easy To Find

Feature Album – Double J
Album Of The Week – Herald Sun

“…this is an album that speaks volumes as a whole. It is a singular apocalypse. Music that, once again, gets inside your bones, laying down roots.” – The Music, ★★★★½

“The National take their boldest, most self-assured step yet with I Am Easy To Find.” – The Line Of Best Fit, 9.0

“With new voices, new avenues of exploration and new lyrical viewpoints, The National, alongside producer-director Mike Mills, once again show their ability to reinvent themselves to produce something that is more than just an album.” – Clash

“I Am Easy To Find is not a hit parade. It’s not a background record. It’s not something for cherry-pick streaming. It’s bigger than that. It’s The National opening up their world to everyone, and you should probably join them.” – NME

The National – I Am Easy To Find
1. You Had Your Soul With You
2. Quiet Light
3. Roman Holiday
4. Oblivions
5. The Pull Of You
6. Hey Rosey
7. I Am Easy To Find
8. Her Father In The Pool
9. Where Is Her Head
10. Not In Kansas
11. So Far So Fast
12. Dust Swirls In Strange Light
13. Hairpin Turns
14. Rylan
15. Underwater
16. Light Years
The National – Touring Australia March + April 2020.
I Am Easy To Find is out now via 4AD / Remote Control Records.

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