Posted in music | pictures on September 25, 2010

words & photos by David Andrako

The National

The National kicked off the third leg of their North American tour supporting High Violet on Friday night at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. The band is playing theaters and auditoriums until Mid-October along with two festivals, Austin City Limits on October 10th and the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco on October 17th. Then comes a two-week break before playing 21 gigs across Europe from mid-November through the first week of December. As if that isn't enough travel, the band is playing a string of shows in Australia and New Zealand around New Year's Eve.

Friday night's opening act, Owen Pallett, who recently opened up for the Dirty Projectors at Terminal 5, was accompanied by Thomas Gill for a brief 40 minute set which was comprised mostly of songs off his latest album, Heartland. The duo were able to layer harmonies, Owen's violin, and Thomas's guitar into a mix that sounded as clean and good as the album. After opening for the The National on this leg of their tour, Owen returns to Canada for several shows through the end of October.

The National's set opened with "Runaway", the slow building track from High Violet. They performed it on a barely light stage, and proceeded to run through a 19 song set that featured songs from the band's 5-album catalog. Highlights of the set included a particularly energetic version of "Squalor Victoria" and show closer "Terrible Love". The latter featured lead singer Matt Berninger's only attempt of the evening to wade out into the crowd.

More pictures and the setlists from the NJ show, below...

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Owen Pallett setlist
That's When the Audience Died
This is the Dream of Win and Regine
Scandal at the Parkade
Keep the Dog Quiet
The Great Elsewhere
Lewis Takes Action
A Man with no Ankles
Lewis Takes Off his Shirt

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National setlist
Runaway
Anyone's Ghost
Mistaken For Strangers
Bloodbuzz Ohio
Slow Show
Squalor Victoria
Afraid of Everyone
Available
Conversation 16
Apartment Story
Sorrow
Abel
Daughters of the SoHo Riots
England
Fake Empire
Encore:
Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
Secret Meeting
Mr November
Terrible Love

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Comments (25)

This place looks huge! Little smaller than Hammerstein? But looks a lot better than Terminal 5 hahahah

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 1:49 AM

its a decent size. noticeably smaller than hammerstein though but a fuck ton better than terminal 5 for numerous reasons.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 2:32 AM

so why did this loser taking photos get there hours before everyone else?

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 3:39 AM

that would be barely "lit", not light. does grammar check work on your computer?

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 3:57 AM

it was a really really great show. even for the national, who have been great the 6 other times I've seen them since the spring.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 11:19 AM

Why the hell has Owen Pallett benn able to open for all these awesome bands over the last few months? He's not that good and boring as hell live.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 1:21 PM

Not sure that I've ever heard a guy who loops an entire symphony by himself is "boring". He's one of the most talented performers around, and if you don't get that, you're an idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 2:47 PM

yeah, i'm not even a normally a fan of that kind of music but owen really impressed me at msg with the arcade fire. he's ridiculously talented.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 3:10 PM

oops. wrong post.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 4:46 PM

kudos to the guys at the soundboard - show sounded incredible

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 5:34 PM

nice pics - will there be any posted for lcd?

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 5:45 PM

Owen Pallett = poor man's Andrew Bird

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 7:13 PM

That wasn't the setlist. Berringer premiered his 2-hour Hummus Tone Poem: Oh What A Chickpea Can Do / Tabouli Blues

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 11:47 PM

when you say songs from all 5 albums were played, what was played from the first s/t album?

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 7:06 AM

they never play anything off the s/t album.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 9:22 AM

welmehnt theatre

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 11:21 AM

"Squalor Victoria," "Mister November," and "Terrible Love" were the highlights.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 3:24 PM

I've never seen a lead singer walk around the stage as much as Matt Berringer. He aimlessly wandered around the stage so much that he could've walked to New York.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 3:27 PM

@3:27. I disagree, it's a sign of the act getting more into their performance. I thought Matt Berringer is one of the best frontmen around.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 7:38 PM

Owen Pallett was awesome. The band basically drowned out Berringer's voice, they played way too loud and the lights were annoying. I went to see the main act and ended up enjoying the opening act more.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 9:26 AM

Most overrated band of the last decade.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 3:07 PM

This was one of the best National concerts I've been to all year. Matt Berninger was completely into it and I definitely believe he is one of the best frontmen in music today. I can't think of anyone better.

Posted by A.D. | October 2, 2010 12:19 PM

Posted by anonymous:

>>Most overrated band of the last decade.<<

Thank you Maroon 5 fan.

Posted by Anonymous Too | October 5, 2010 9:12 PM

band was very loud but damn what great sounding noise!

i would have liked to hear Matt more but the few quieter songs he sounded great and when the band was loud they hit some great moments. i loved when one of the guitarists used a bow on his guitar and the keyboard playing was also playing violin. sound was beautiful. though the band was loud; they are incredibly talented. rhythm section were monsters.

for me fake empire, the apartment song, squalor and england were my highlights. i forget which song, maybe the ending of fake empire.... but it simply made alot of folks in the balcony seats where i was, just leap out of our seats with joy. oust beautifully played. the band hit some notes that spoke to me like "hey we being holding back all night and heres some sweet sounds saved up for you". it made me laugh. very telepathic moment.

owen was great too. i very much enjoyed him as much as the National. there was one moment when you could here i pin drop in the theatre and then applause erupted at what we just heard. very very talented. andrew bird comparisons be damned. enjoy both folks. theres more then enough love to go around for talented performers. Matt of the National showered Owen with praise, love and appreciation. A true showman.

both groups made for a PERFECT EVENING.

Posted by lu-ee | October 9, 2010 7:42 AM

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