The National have announced they will be releasing a 10-year anniversary expanded edition of their 2010 album High Violet, on Friday 19 June, 2020.
Originally released May 11, 2010, the critically acclaimed fifth studio album features the now-classics ‘Terrible Love,’ ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio,’ ‘England,’ and perennial show closer, ‘Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks.’ In addition to the 10 original tracks, the triple LP package includes a third LP which includes tracks never before available on vinyl, including ‘Wake Up Your Saints,’ an alternate version of ‘Terrible Love,’ ‘Walk Off’ and more. The vinyl comes in three different versions, Standard (white & purple marbled vinyl), Cherry Tree (white & purple split color vinyl), and Vinyl Me Please (white & purple splatter vinyl). See full tracklisting below and pre-order HERE.
To celebrate the announcement, The National will share their D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus-directed film, The National – ‘High Violet’ Live From Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), shot May 10th, 2010, the night before the release of the album. Fans can watch the performance beginning at 8AM AEDT today on the band’s YouTube channel HERE.
The band also announced this week that all profits from their website and fan club enrollment will be directed to subsidizing the lost wages for their twelve crew members until the end of this crisis. “Our crew are the lifeblood of our touring operation and have become family through the many years we’ve worked together. As uncertainty looms over the state of the live concert industry, we will direct all profits from merch sales through our website, new Cherry Tree fan club enrollments, and sales from the Cherry Tree members-only store to support our crew members throughout this crisis to the best of our ability.”
The National will be heading to Australia this December 2020 in support of their latest album I Am Easy To Find. Across 8 dates, the band will visit Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne & Fremantle, with Phoebe
The National’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.