Sunday, September 26, 2010
Show Review - The National - Carnegie Library Homestead - 9/25/10 - Pittsburgh - Live Review - Concert Review
I have stated this before, but for creating the most melancholy music imaginable, The National definitely know how to translate it live. The past couple of times I have seen them in an open setting, never a seated venue. At first it was a bit stale as audience members were politely sitting. After a couple of songs the band encouraged everyone to stand which brought the show to the level it was intended. Broken Social Scene should really take note.
The band plays with such a focused intensity, that I wonder how they are able to pull it off night after night. They have added a string and horn section which I saw at Lollapalooza. It definitely adds to their sound and brings an added quality to their live setting. They also have mixed in the proper banter with various members taking time to address the crowd. They mentioned how they used to play in Pittsburgh to 4 people at Club Cafe. It would have been a treat to see them there. They also mentioned how they are from Cincinnatti which I found a bit amusing since every other time I have seen them they always state they are from Brooklyn. Is that some type of publicity stunt? The closing song of the night saw lead Matt Berninger climbing into the audience, walking over each row of seats, while belting out lyrics. He ended up disappearing in the lobby ending the night. Surely will be in the top 10 shows I have seen for the year.
Plenty of video here: youtube channel