June 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm #10594
My name is Mandy, a 21-year-old from The Netherlands. In 2010, I was about to visit a festival and decided to listen to some songs of “unknown” bands that would attend. That’s when I found out about The National. Honestly, I wasn’t hooked right away, although I did like Bloodbuzz Ohio so I decided I’d go to their show anyway. The show was so amazing and mesmerizing.. and still, I played hard to get. Fast forward to mid 2011, I visited some friends and we were watching MTV when Conversation 16 came on. And, finally, that was the moment I realized the perfection of their music and it captured my heart and hasn’t let go since.
Besides from that first show, I haven’t been able to see them live yet, although I have seen Bryce + Aaron Dessner at a Cross-Linx festival for classical music. I do have tickets for their upcoming show in Amsterdam, yes! Can it be November yet. Oh, and you might’ve guessed it from my username but High Violet is my favorite cd.
So yeah that’s the story of TN and me.
I might show up in a topic here and there.
– MandyJune 30, 2013 at 12:20 am #10601
Already made an enormous post in the top ten list topic that probably introduces me better than what I’ll say here. I’ve been into the National for about a year and a half. Started with Alligator/Boxer/High Violet, and recently got Sad Songs and the new album. Plan to explore the rest of the catalog soon. Alligator is probably my favorite. Boxer is incredible, and has some of my favorite songs. High Violet has some great ones as well. The new album and Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers are still in the introductory phase, but they are both great in a lot of ways.
Like with all bands and musical obsessions, I’ve been on and off with The National during the last year and a half. The 6 months or so up to recently, I didn’t listen to them a whole lot. When I found out they had released a new album, I bought it and also discovered and bought Sad Songs, so now I’m in a full swing of The National. I never stopped liking them a lot, but I’ve regained the feeling I had when I first got into them. As a 21 year old male, I’m living and going through the good and bad that inspired a lot of these lyrics. Despite them being considered a sad band, a lot of their music makes me quite happy.
Cheers.July 8, 2013 at 7:57 am #10721
I’m Marco, Italian living in Gdansk, in Poland, from 2years and half. I’ve seen TN for the first time at Open’er Festival 2 years ago and from that moment they are one of my favorite band. Just saw them the second time on Friday as they came back at the same Festival. Great performance, Matt came just next to me and my girlfriend 😀
Cheers!July 26, 2013 at 3:54 pm #10940
This is Kathy from Rochester, NY. I think I saw TN for the first time on Later…with Jools Holland. That made them a must-see at Lollapalooza in 2010. I watched that Lolla set with mouth agape. Matt’s passionate performance made me a passionate fan that day. I love the writing: I love the dark themes and the interesting musical structure. I love the performance: I love Matt’s voice and way the Sounds swirl and gel. Looking forward to another great Lolla set in 2013.August 14, 2013 at 12:07 am #11285
I’m Herb from Los Angeles. My mind was blown more than once these past few days due to TN playing two sold out shows and Jimmy Kimmel Outdoor concert. My experience the last few days were remarkable, I was able to hug and sing part of Mr November with Matt twice. I’ll truly never forget it those moments. The first I saw TN was at the Wiltern Theater here in LA, and since then I been fan. I hope to see them again soon. Cheers!August 14, 2013 at 3:18 pm #11297
My name is Simon. Im from Co. Limerick in the West of Ireland. I have been infatuated by The National since January 2012. After much persuasion from my friend, i gave High Violet a go and must admit after listening to it twice i was unimpressed and could feel my hangover worsening. What happened after the 3rd time? … My whole life changed. I was hooked. ‘Conversation 16’ absolutely blew my mind and still does to this day. I won’t go into it too much because i reckon i could write a book about them at this stage. After 3 months of HV, Boxer was next and 3 months later Alligator arrived. The reason why it was taking 3 months is because i felt myself disappear into each album and was just blown away continuously. I have listened to all earlier stuff since and trying to pick a ‘favourite’ is impossible. I go through phases and at the moment it has to be ‘Baby, We’ll be Fine’. ‘Slipped’ is my favourite from TWFM but having finally witnessed them live in Co. Cork in June there are no favourites but all favourites. I have my tickets for their gigs in Belfast and Dublin in November and i cannot wait! Hope this is not too long and if anyone wants to private chat about The National then i’ll be here waiting
SimonAugust 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm #11309
I’ll be there in Belfast, with a pal trying the local malted hops!August 20, 2013 at 12:18 am #11342
How’s it going everyone?
Pretty sure I used to have an account here but the site doesn’t appear to remember my email so whatever. I’m a twenty-something University student from Ontario, Canada and I love the National.
Glad to be part of the forum again!
CheersSeptember 9, 2013 at 1:31 am #11498
I’m a huge fan of The National having listened to Boxer, High Violet, and Trouble nearly non-stop for the past few months. I’m not aware of another band that has released three epic albums in a row in the last decade. Remarkable stuff by a remarkable bunch of guys. Currently I’m fascinated with their songs “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” and “Slipped” and “Ada”. Can’t wait to hear more of their back catalogue.September 12, 2013 at 1:05 am #11549
My name is Paula and I am from Mississippi. I have been a long time fan. This year has been a terrible one for me…..my 12 year old son was diagnosed with cancer in April. So I haven’t had much to smile about. This past Sunday I flew to Nashville and saw The National at The Ryman. I had a smile plastered on my face the entire show! They played everything I was hoping to hear and it was perfection.
A big thank you to these guys for bringing some happiness to my life.September 27, 2013 at 9:00 am #11804
My name is Raoul and I am from Barcelona.November 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm #12456
Hey I’m Jo, I’m a kiwi living in London.
I remember when I first heard The National. My partner at the time used to put on a record while he was wishing the dishes. One time in 2009 it was Boxer. I fell in love straight away and he used to tell me off for listening to it on repeat and in the car and on my mp3 player…I quite like it because Boxer reminds me of driving and walking around Christchurch at that time before it was changed forever by the earthquakes.
I saw them live for the first time in Berlin 2010 and then in a very snowy London in November of the same year. I just recently saw them in Belfast and going to both London shows. Last year I really fell in love with the older albums, their first album evokes sunny days walking down to Thames to go to kayak lessons. I love how their music evokes such strong visual memories in me.
I also love the constant themes of social anxiety, helplessness of existence, of loneliness, of love. It’s great how both the music and lyrics really sum up “first world problems” in a way that is relateable and also doesn’t make us feel bad for sweating the small stuff.November 17, 2013 at 7:04 am #12564
My name is Thom and call Sydney home. I have been a utter total devotee to The National since High Violet was released. I still remember that Saturday morning waking up and rubbing my eyes and turning on the television to be greeted by Matt in the Bloodbuzz Ohio video clip. I was blew away by the thumping drums and Matt’s deep poignant vocals. Since then, their music has been a permanent fixture in my life. I am looking forward to seeing them live for the first time in Sydney in February next year. And then making the trip to Melbourne to see them again the following day. If anyone is seeing them in Melbourne and would like to share pre-show drink with me please private message me.
cheers.December 15, 2013 at 11:54 am #12861
Hi my name is Emilie and I live in Norway. I have only been a fan of the national since this spring when Trouble will find me came out, but they quickly became my most favourite band! I saw them in Trondheim in october, it was an amazing experience. I even flew down to Oslo on the same plane as the band. Got to meet them and have a chat. Best weekend ever.December 16, 2013 at 1:03 am #12867
Hi everyone, I’m Deb from Toronto…I’ve been listening to the National for years but have never been on here. I used to spend a lot of time on forums of some other bands I love when I lived in the UK but haven’t visited any for a while. I’m a devoted National fan and look forward to reading some of the threads and meeting some fellow fans.
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