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The National Announce New Album And Accompanying Tour Dates In US, Europe And UK

Thursday, 19 January 2023 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Josh Goleman

The National have announced a new album and accompanying tour dates.

'First Two Pages of Frankenstein', their ninth studio record and the follow-up to 2019's 'I Am Easy To Find', is due for release on April 28 via 4AD. 

The band produced the 11-track album at Long Pond Studios, New York, and it boasts guest appearances by Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers and Sufjan Stevens.

As a preview they've shared cut Tropic Morning News, a co-write with lead singer Matt Berninger’s wife Carin Besser that takes its name from the phrase he uses to describe doomscrolling. He said:

“The idea of referring to the darkness of the news in such a light way unlocked something in me. It became a song about having a hard time expressing yourself, and trying to connect with someone when the noise of the world is drowning out any potential for conversation.”

The National will support the new record with tour dates in the US throughout the summer, followed by an arena run across Europe and the UK in the autumn. The latter leg will call in Dublin, Leeds, Glasgow and London.

Tickets go on general sale at 10am local time on January 27. Support on select dates will come from Soccer Mommy, The Beths and Bartees Strange, with Patti Smith and her band set to join them as a one-off for their New York show at Madison Square Garden.

'First Two Pages of Frankenstein' tracklist: 

  1. Once Upon A Poolside (feat. Sufjan Stevens)
  2. Eucalyptus
  3. New Order T-Shirt
  4. This Isn't Helping (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
  5. Tropic Morning News
  6. Alien
  7. The Alcott (feat. Taylor Swift)
  8. Grease In Your Hair
  9. Ice Machines
  10. Your Mind Is Not Your Friend (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
  11. Send For Me

The National Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sat May 20 2023 - CHICAGO Illinois - Auditorium Theatre - IL (USA)
Sun May 21 2023 - CHICAGO Illinois - Auditorium Theatre - IL (USA)
Wed May 24 2023 - WASHINGTON District Of Columbia - Anthem - D.C. (USA)
Tue May 30 2023 - LOS ANGELES California - Greek Theatre - Los Angeles CA (USA)
Fri June 02 2023 - TROUTDALE Oregon - McMenamins Historic Edgefield Amphitheater (USA)
Sat June 03 2023 - TROUTDALE Oregon - McMenamins Historic Edgefield Amphitheater (USA)
Sun June 04 2023 - REDMOND Washington - Marymoor Park (USA)
Mon June 05 2023 - BURNABY British Columbia - Deer Lake Park (Canada)
Tue August 01 2023 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - Met - Philadelphia (USA)
Thu August 03 2023 - NEW HAVEN Connecticut - Westville Music Bowl (USA)
Mon August 07 2023 - DETROIT Michigan - Fillmore - Detroit (USA)
Tue August 08 2023 - MADISON Wisconsin - Sylvee - WI (USA)
Wed August 09 2023 - MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota - Armory - Minneapolis (USA)
Fri August 11 2023 - DENVER Colorado - Mission Ballroom (USA)
Tue August 15 2023 - NASHVILLE Tennessee - Ascend Amphitheater (USA)
Wed August 16 2023 - ATLANTA Georgia - Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park (USA)
Fri August 18 2023 - NEW YORK New York - Madison Square Garden (USA)

Sat September 23 2023 - LEEDS first direct Arena
Sun September 24 2023 - GLASGOW OVO Hydro
Tue September 26 2023 - LONDON Alexandra Palace

Fri September 29 2023 - AMSTERDAM Ziggo Dome (Netherlands)
Sat September 30 2023 - BERLIN Max Schmeling Halle (Germany)
Sun October 01 2023 - MUNICH Zenith (Germany)
Wed October 04 2023 - MADRID Wizink Center (Spain)
Thu October 05 2023 - PORTO Super Bock Arena (Portugal)
Fri October 06 2023 - LISBON Campo Pequeno (Portugal)

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