The National Churn, London Grammar Prowl on ‘Jools Holland’
Brooklyn band performs "Sea of Love" and U.K. trip-hoppers flaunt 'Strong' on late-night TV
The National are currently touring the U.K. and Europe in support of their latest thought-rock opus, this year’s Trouble Will Find Me. While across the pond, the SPIN profile subjects made a pit stop on the latest episode of the BBC’s Later… With Jools Holland to perform “Sea of Love,” a highlight from their sixth album and the song that gives the LP its pessimistic title. The audio on the clip isn’t optimal — the track’s churning rhythm immediately sounds muffled — but frontman Matt Berninger demands to be heard, leaning into and lashing out at the microphone, screaming, “I see you rushing down,” near the video’s end.
Footage of fellow guests London Grammar doesn’t suffer the same technical difficulties. The trip-hop trio of vocalist Hannah Reid, guitarist Dan Rothman, and percussion/keyboard man Dot Major delivered a clear, slow-burning rendition of their debut album If You Wait‘s nocturnal single “Strong.”
Dive into the National’s “Sea of Love” above and marvel at London Grammar’s “Strong” below.