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The National Debut New Song on ‘Fallon’


Brooklyn indie rockers the National hit the stage on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to debut “Terrible Love,” the first taste of their upcoming album, High Violet (out May 11). Watch a video of the performance below!

“Terrible Love” is vintage National, anchored by lead singer Matt Berninger’s poetic lyrics and the band’s grandiose, shape-shifting rock, delivered with an intensity that exceeds even the dramatic flair of their last album, 2007’s Boxer. Last night, a hired-for-the-occasion horn section added extra oomph, and the throbbing guitar riffs of twin brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner methodically surged to a peak.

The National is kicking off a North American tour this Spring behind High Violet, but first they’ll play two intimate shows in Brooklyn on March 11-12 before appearing at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN, March 26-28, which guitarist Bryce Dessner is co-curating. Check out tour dates here.

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WATCH: The National, “Terrible Love” live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon