New Sounds: The National keep it mellow on ‘Carin at the Liquor Store’


Let’s face it: The National tend to release music that’s a real bummer, and, well, we love them for it. No band can musically convey the phenomenon of stoned sadness quite as well (or as realistically), and lead singer Matt Berninger and co. continue that hyper-mellow trend on new track “Carin the Liquor Store.”

The song premiered on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio this afternoon, but it’s now available for streaming and on YouTube with an accompanying live action music video.

The color-confused video matches the aesthetic of “Guilty Party” and “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” both from their forthcoming album Sleep Well Beast, out on September 8 via 4AD. Basically, so far, we’ve officially been treated to a quarter of the album.


Peep the song and tour dates below, and take note: The National play The Wang Theatre in Boston on October 5 with Adia Victoria.

Featured National photo by Graham MacIndoe.


The National, North American dates 2017:
October 5: Wang Theatre – Boston, MA *
October 6: Forest Hills Stadium – New York, NY #
October 7: Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA #
October 8: Masonic Hall – Detroit, MI #
October 11: Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA % #
October 12: CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA #
October 14: Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA #
November 27: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR ^
November 28: Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA ^
November 29: Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA ^
December 01: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA ^
December 02: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA ^
December 04: Verizon Hall – Philadelphia, PA ^
December 05: The Anthem – Washington, DC ^
December 07: Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA ^
December 08: Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA ^
December 09: Sony Centre – Toronto ON, CANADA ^
December 10: Hamilton Place Theatre – Hamilton ON, CANADA ^
December 12: Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL ^
December 13: Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL ^

# w/ Daughter
% w/ Local Natives
^ w/ This Is The Kit
* w/ Adia Victoria