It makes perfect sense that the National and Lena Dunham would make their first appearances on “Saturday Night Live” in the same episode. No doubt, this created a blissful synergy in the hearts of hipsters everywhere. After about 15 years and six albums, indie darlings, the National, took the stage at Studio 8H to perform “Graceless” and “I Need My Girl.”
The National gave the viewers an upbeat taste off of “Trouble Will Find Me” with the fast paced “Graceless.” Making little eye contact, vocalist Matt Berninger was in a zone of intense focus as he fed off bandmate, Aaron Dessner.
The indie darlings brought the energy level up several notches with a subdued performance of “I Need My Girl.” Berrninger brought his baritone voice to a lower octave (we didn’t think that was possible) perfectly conveying the yearning in the mild mannered croon. The performance included a quick appearance of a three piece horn section.
See photos of the National at Red Rocks below:
Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb