July 17, 2014 at 11:28 pm #14435
Hullo. The name’s Rory. I’m from Ireland. Been a fan since 2011. I’m probably on of the younger members at 16.
Favourite National record is SSFDL. Just saw them recently at the Galway Big Top. My favourite show to date. It has definitely solidified their place as my favourite band of all time.
I look forward to chatting with you guys.July 21, 2014 at 2:47 pm #14475
I’m Adam and I’m from Scotland. Started listening to The National in 2012. I actually stayed with a guy at university for a couple of years starting in 2006 who used to talk about how The National were one of his favourite bands. I never actually listened to them back then and six years later I came across them on last.fm (I don’t listen to anything on there but occasionally browse the “similar artists” section) and they became my favourite band. My favourite song is Lucky You.
I’ve seen The National live once. Last summer in Toronto. They were playing in Edinburgh this year but unfortunately I was out of the country on the date of their gig. I’d like to have seen more of their early songs be played live but it was still great to see them.September 18, 2014 at 7:57 pm #14691
Hey there guys. I’m Graham, been enjoying The National for a couple of years now and after casually cruising these forums for a while now I figured I might as well sign up. See you all around!September 26, 2014 at 5:22 am #14715
Hello! I’m Hans from Northern Michigan / San Francisco. I’ve been amazed by The National since my introduction to their EP Cherry Tree in 2004. Unfortunately, back then the band rarely, if ever, played San Francisco and the West Coast. I had to wait to catch them during a trip to, randomly, Wisconsin, then Ohio, then in Michigan. I think I’ve purchased absolutely all of the albums and singles at a minimum of three times each. For me and for gifts. There’s nothing more exciting than a live show by the band. It’s been fun over the years to see my friends at their first show, already fans of the recordings, knowing that they’d leave the concert absolutely amazed by the electricity The National captures and shares live. Everyone leaves their first live show a much bigger fan than they already were!
I’ve loved each show I’ve seen. I put The National in my short list of best bands to catch live, along with U2 and Oasis. The show that most impressed me was just this past April. They’d just finished playing three sold out nights in Toronto, followed the next night with a show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, then immediately followed by 3 sold out shows in Chicago. I expected the Grand Rapids show in the middle of such huge gigs was probably a gig booked long before the three shows before and after. I believe in the band enough to have expected a great concert, but expected a tired, 80% effort, out of sheer exhaustion, and it had to be a bit of a dip in their spirits going from pure rock star status in Toronto, soon to be followed by the same in Chicago. They’ve never played a better show than the show that night in Grand Rapids. All of their hearts were 100% into the gig. They gave us an amazing show.
Cherry Tree is my favorite album, maybe since it was the first I was introduced to. I believe every recording since has been not just great, but all are five star recordings.
I’m so thankful for all they’ve given us. I hope they continue to have a blast, and keep rockin’ for many more years!
The last National stories I’ve got that are worthy of sharing here is my attending the Traverse City Film Festival in Northern Michigan a couple of summers ago. Mistaken For Strangers was spotlighted at the festival. When we found our seats, it was so cool to notice that in the row in front of us were Matt Berninger’s parents and his wife. At a show in Columbus, while we waited in line to get in the venue, we saw Bryan Devendorf pushing a double stroller catching some summer sun in the city with his family. Both experiences have made the band seem real to me, of coarse they are rock stars, but also really nice regular people. I have just so much respect for The National.September 30, 2014 at 4:53 pm #14731
This show, right? http://americanmaryforum.com/discussion/topic/grand-rapids-mi/October 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm #14745
<div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>Rosemary wrote:</div>Welcome, Hans!
This show, right? http://americanmaryforum.com/discussion/topic/grand-rapids-mi/
Hi Rosemary! Yes, that’s the show! You were there as well? Great performance!November 15, 2014 at 11:56 am #14810
Hello, I’m Michael. Been a fan since 2007ish. Not sure why I haven’t been a member for years, but here I am now!
I don’t know how polarizing this may be, but I generally don’t have much of an appreciation for most of their pre-Alligator stuff. I’ve listened, I’ve tried. Most of it just doesn’t work for me like the later work, unfortunately. Maybe one day it will click…it’s happened! (I used to dislike most of Alligator)May 21, 2015 at 8:26 am #15052
I am Dustin. 34. Exposed to the band in The Boxer era. Yet to see them live, would love to someday. I am also a guitarist. Hello world.June 26, 2015 at 10:42 am #15093
Hi I’m DS,
Residing in the UK.
Been a fan since 2012.
Simply superb sounds.September 3, 2015 at 11:50 am #15136
Hello everyone! I’m Hannah from Belgium. Just managed to create an account after an unhealthy number of attempts at solving what must be the hardest security question ever. (It’s the singular, if anyone reading this is still trying) 😉
I’ve only been a fan since last year but better late than never I guess!February 21, 2016 at 2:29 pm #15309
Kristina from Manila/Singapore! Big fan since the Boxer era. Weird since my favorite album is the one before that – Alligator!
My first show was in Singapore around November 2011. Three years later in Manila & Singapore for Hostess Club Weekender.
Anyone going to Bluesfest? Message me!August 11, 2016 at 3:34 am #15428
I’m Sean from Maryland USA. I’m obsessed. First heard The National in 2010. Sorrow was played on Sirius Coffeehouse and I said “Who the f*ck is this?!” By the time TWFM came out, all other music was ruined for me — and I used to have a wide range of musical tastes covering several decades and genres.
Lately have been traveling to see them (Belly Up Aspen, Mass MOCA, and Red Rocks; also saw El Vy in DC).
Glad to finally get on here after being unable to solve the security question mystery and futile private messages with someone on a FB fansite forum. There’s a message here that says if you have trouble you can email “allthewine,” but they don’t disclose his email. Fun stuff! If you haven’t seen it elsewhere, answer the question with the singular version of the correct answer.March 13, 2017 at 3:13 pm #15459
Hey, I’m a big National fan, they are by far my favorite band, I’m guessing like many people here. And I wanted to ask for some help. I’m not sure where to post this, so I came here wondering if any of you know an email or something where I can write to the band, fan mail you can call it. I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time now, but I can’t find anything. Also I’m from Colombia so it has to be via internet. Thanks for the help.
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