Video has surfaced of the National performing their song “Sorrow” from the 2010 album “High Violet” on Sunday, and people are justifiably freaking out about it. Because the band played the song 105 times in a row at the Museum of Modern Art.
That’s six hours of one song. That’s a lot of sorrow.
The artist statement on the MOMA website puts it more artistically than we would have, but still. “By stretching a single pop song into a day-long tour de force the artist continues his explorations into the potential of repetitive performance to produce sculptural presence within sound,” it says.
A photo from the band’s Facebook page shows a little good humor from the guys, with the setlist for the night consisting of six-plus pieces of paper, all covered with SORROW typed out.
Besides a break for drummer Bryan Devendorf, the very dapper-looking band held up without pause on their “quest to find the comic in the tragic and vice versa.”
While the entire six-hour performance isn’t available, you can piece together the experience from the various fan clips, some of which are below. The National’s new album “Trouble Will Find Me” is set to release May 21, and look for them performing in Colorado on Sept. 17 at Red Rocks as part of their international (ha!) tour.
The National after performing for two hours:
The National after performing for four hours:
Kelsey Fowler is currently studying nothing music-related at Ithaca College. Help keep her in the loop on Twitter.