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The National Share New Song Eucalyptus

Thursday, 23 March 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Josh Goleman

The National have shared a new song, Eucalyptus.

Following Tropic Morning News and New Order T-Shirt, it marks the third preview of the American indie giants' upcoming album, 'First Two Pages Of Frankenstein', which is due out on April 28 via 4AD.

Covering familiar anthemic ground, with an enthralling lyrical narrative over a gentle guitar melody and steady drum beat, the song started as an instrumental piece conjured up by guitarist and pianist Bryce Dessner, who sent it to frontman Matt Berninger so long ago that he'd forgotten about it.

Berninger hadn't though, and wrote lyrics to fit the music before asking to play it at the soundcheck for their New York Capitol Theatre show in September 2022. Berninger said:

"We rehearsed it twice without ever having had a demo and played it to the audience that night, and what you hear on the album was partially recorded during that performance. It’s got this raw, immediate feeling, and it made sense to leave the rough edges instead of trying to perfect them."

"Throughout the record there's a lot of looking into the abyss and wondering if a relationship has run its course," he added. "Eucalyptus is about a couple splitting up their possessions after a breakup — like, 'What are we going to do with the spring water we get delivered, what’s going to happen to all these plants?' It’s about all those little things you end up having to think about when you’ve become so connected to someone."

Head below to view the accompanying Chris Sgroi-directed video, which is set at The National's Long Pond Studio in New York.

The follow-up to 2019's 'I Am Easy To Find' boasts guest appearances by Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers and Sufjan Stevens. The band will support the it with a summer North American tour, followed by an autumn arena run across Europe and the UK. The latter leg will include stops in Dublin, Leeds, Glasgow and London.

The National Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu May 18 2023 - CHICAGO Illinois - Auditorium Theatre (USA)
Fri May 19 2023 - CHICAGO Illinois - Auditorium Theatre (USA)
Sat May 20 2023 - CHICAGO Illinois - Auditorium Theatre (USA)
Sun May 21 2023 - CHICAGO Illinois - Auditorium Theatre (USA)
Tue May 23 2023 - WASHINGTON District of Columbia - Anthem (USA)
Wed May 24 2023 - WASHINGTON District of Columbia - Anthem (USA)
Tue May 30 2023 - LOS ANGELES California - Greek Theatre (USA)
Wed May 31 2023 - LOS ANGELES California - Greek Theatre Los Angeles (USA)
Fri June 02 2023 - TROUTDALE Oregon - McMenamins Historic Edgefield Manor (USA)
Sat June 03 2023 - TROUTDALE Oregon - McMenamins Historic Edgefield Manor (USA)
Sun June 04 2023 - REDMOND Washington - Marymoor Live (USA)
Mon June 05 2023 - BURNABY British Columbia - Deer Lake Park (Canada)
Tue August 01 2023 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - Met Philadelphia (USA)
Wed August 02 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 (USA)
Wed August 09 2023 - MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota - Armory Minneapolis (USA)
Fri August 11 2023 - DENVER Colorado - Mission Ballroom (USA)
Sat August 12 2023 - DENVER Colorado - Mission Ballroom (USA)
Tue August 15 2023 - NASHVILLE Tennessee - Ascend Amphitheater (USA)
Wed August 16 2023 - ATLANTA Georgia - Cadence Bank Amphitheatre (USA)
Fri August 18 2023 - NEW YORK New York - Madison Square Garden (USA)
Sun August 20 2023 - TORONTO Ontario - Budweiser Stage (Canada)

Thu September 21 2023 - DUBLIN 3Arena
Sat September 23 2023 - LEEDS first direct Arena
Sun September 24 2023 - GLASGOW OVO Hydro
Tue September 26 2023 - LONDON Alexandra Palace
Wed September 27 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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