The National Think ‘You Should Know Me Better Than That’ in New Song Played Live at ATP
It's called "Lola," per the setlist Matt Berninger is holding
The recorded music playing as the National take the stage in this fan video (via Pitchfork) is the desolate title track from Neil Young’s masterful, long vinyl-only 1974 album On the Beach, which is probably in honor of the venue: All Tomorrow’s Parties at Camber Sands Holiday Park in coastal England. Still, it’s tempting to hope the choice also foreshadows what to expect from the Brooklyn-via-Ohio band’s eventual follow-up to 2010’s High Violet. After all, they curated this weekend’s ATP festivities, so why couldn’t they pick the house music? The bleakly forlorn quality of “On the Beach” does carry over to the new song captured above, which despite the setlist indicating its title is “Lola” bears little obvious similarity to the Kinks’ gender-bending classic. “You should know me better than that,” frontman Matt Berninger repeats, in one of the few discernible lyrics, joined by downcast strums and splashes of tambourine. It all builds to a stately midtempo rock climax that should please the National’s growing nation.