Grammy-nominated, Indie group The National will be performing at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in the band’s only Florida appearance this summer. Special guest opening act will be Big Thief.
It’s been four year since the release of “Trouble Will Find Me” and during that time, members of the National have been working on new songs and a new release. They’ve been working on ideas; not rushing it. With members now living in five different cities, the band made an extra effort to get together in the same room – sometimes in studios in upstate New York or out in Los Angeles.
Out now on 4AD Records, there are songs on “Sleep Well Beast” that are instantly recognizable as the National, but others are much harder to classify. The lyrics are about “trying to come clean about the things you’d rather not”, says Matt. “Some of it’s about marriage, some of it’s about my relationship with Aaron and the band, some of it’s about train tracks and dancing”. Guitar solos appear like never before, yet on some songs guitars account for only a tiny fraction of the music. “It was important that we genuinely explore new territory and risk falling on our faces or not make a record at all”, explains Aaron. “This album feels complete to me”.
Doors 6:00pm / Show 8:00pm
Visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box office.