The National Announce World Tour and Share Video for New Song, “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”

    The massive tour will begin this summer

    Yesterday, The National announced the release of their new album, Sleep Well Beast, to come out on September 8 through 4AD. In addition to the exciting news, they have announced a world tour and shared a video for new song, “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness.”

    Directed by Casey Reas, the video was shot with drones. Flashing images of grids, haunted houses, and ominous clouds come in and out of focus against a backdrop of blue. The song itself features a bed of ambient vocoders, twangy guitar riffs, and incessant shuffling drums. In his signature baritone voice, Matt Berninger moodily sings, “The system only dreams in total darkness / Why are you hiding from me? / We’re in a different kind of thing now / All night you’re talking to God.” His voice shifts to a higher, more poignant pitch as he sorrowfully confesses, “I cannot explain it any other way.” Piercing guitar notes crash through the mix; atmospheric female vocals loom in the distance, taking the track home with a heartfelt finish. It’s a promising return for the indie rock outfit.

    The group will hit the road this summer and extend into December, playing all over the world. A digital copy of the album comes with every ticket sold for the North American leg of the tour. While on the road, they will hit several landmark venues, including Glastonbury and the Hollywood Bowl. They will also be joined on tour with support from Local Natives and Daughter. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday. Pre-order the new album here.

    The National World Tour
    Jun 23-25 – Glastonbury, UK – Glastonbury Festival
    Aug 12 – Copenhagen, DK – HAVEN Festival
    Sep 16 – Cork, IE – Cork Opera House
    Sep 17 – Dublin, IE – Vicar Street
    Sep 18 – Dublin, IE – Vicar Street
    Sep 20 – Edinburgh, UK – Usher Hall
    Sep 21 – Edinburgh, UK – Usher Hall
    Sep 22 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
    Sep 23 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
    Sep 25 – London, UK – Eventim Apollo
    Sep 26 – London, UK – Eventim Apollo
    Sep 27 – London, UK – Eventim Apollo
    Sep 28 – London, UK – Eventim Apollo
    Oct 5 – Boston, MA – Wang Theatre
    Oct 6 – New York, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
    Oct 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
    Oct 12 – San Diego, CA – CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
    Oct 14 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
    Oct 21 – Hamburg, DE – Elbphilharmonie
    Oct 23 – Berlin, DE – Tempodrom
    Oct 24 – Berlin, DE – Tempodrom
    Oct 25 – Amsterdam, NL – AFAS Live
    Oct 28 – Lisbon, PT – Coliseu dos Recreios
    Oct 30 – Brussels, BE – Palais des Beaux-Arts
    Oct 31 – Brussels, BE – Palais des Beaux-Arts
    Nov 2-4 – Paris, FR – Pitchfork Paris
    Nov 4 – Stockholm, SE – Annexet
    Nov 5 – Stockholm, SE – Annexet
    Nov 6 – Oslo, NO – Sentrum Scene
    Nov 7 – Oslo, NO – Sentrum Scene
    Nov 27 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
    Nov 28 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
    Nov 29 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
    Dec 1 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
    Dec 2 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
    Dec 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Verizon Hall
    Dec 7 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
    Dec 8 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
    Dec 9 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre
    Dec 10 – Hamilton, ON – Hamilton Place Theatre
    Dec 12 – Chicago, IL – Civic Opera House
    Dec 13 – Chicago, IL – Civic Opera House