Review: The National @ The High Noon Saloon


Sandwiched between watching them open for Arcade Fire at Radio City Music Hall last month and seeing them next week at Bonnaroo, we stepped through the familiar doors of the High Noon Saloon last night for the sold out show featuring The National, with Shapes & Sizes and Talkdemonic starting things off.

Riding the wave of their current acclaimed album Boxer, the band continues to find ways to enthrall me after seeing five shows in the past two years. Perhaps it was the energy of the crowd who earnestly sang along, or the fact that I was well-aware throughout the course of the evening it would be the last time I’d see this band in this size venue ever again.

The songs on Boxer, perfect as they are, have found themselves refreshed for a life on the road featuring slightly different arrangements that to a casual observer may not be striking or even noticeable, but surely you have to appreciate the way they’ve extended and altered the outro of “Squalor Victoria”:

There is little left to say that we haven’t already said about how much we appreciate this band. If you were at the show last night, we’re hoping you had as much of a good time as we did. Check out the video below for “Mr. November” to re-live the experience or tune in if you missed out. We’ll go ahead and put the rumor out that you may be able to catch these guys somewhere close in September. Until then…

Myspace: The National
MP3: The National – Fake Empire
Video: The National – Mistaken For Strangers