The National Release “Hairpin Turn” Video + Announce Short Film Screening Dates

The National recently announced their eighth studio album I Am Easy To Find due out May 17th on 4AD, and the companion short film of the same name written by Academy Award-nominated director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners), and starring Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander. Today, the band released album track “Hairpin Turns,” featuring Gail Ann Dorsey and Lisa Hannigan, alongside a Mills directed music video with vocal performances from Dorsey, Mina Tindle, Kate Stables and featuring dancer Sharon Eyal, Co-Founder, Co-Artistic director and choreographer of L-E-V Dance Group. Watch the video HERE.

“The video is a very simple portrait of the band (and the friends who helped make the song) and the song itself: You see all the instruments that make up the song in isolation, even hear them recorded live on set over the album version, kind of like showing you the tracks that make up the song,” shared Mike Mills.  “And you see everyone who contributed alone, including Gail Ann Dorsey, Pauline Delasser (aka Mina Tindle) and Kate Stables – but your mind puts them together. The dancer Sharon Eyal is sort of a continuation of Alicia Vikander’s character from the film “I Am Easy To Find”. We thought of her as Alicia’s unconscious, or her shadow self – that has her own life in this space.”

To celebrate the release of the new record and short film, the band have announced a number of worldwide screening and listening events in the week commencing May 6th.  These will give fans across the world their first chance to hear the new album and watch Mike Mills’ short film in cinema quality, before release on May 17th.  Events will take place in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Chicago, London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Leeds, Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne, Madrid, Barcelona, Oslo, Copenhagen, Milan and Mexico City. See flyer for cities and dates below. Further headlining live shows have also been added in Philadelphia, Mexico City and Boston. See routing below. Visit americanmary.com for all screening and tour dates.

The National on Tour:

5/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

6/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center*

6/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park Bandshell*

6/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park Bandshell*

6/15 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo

6/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy*

6/17 – St Augustine, FL @ St Augustine Amphitheatre*

6/19 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem*

6/20 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point*

6/21 – Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts

6/22 – Hamilton, ON @ Pier 8**

6/24 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live*

6/25 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium*

6/26 – Indianapolis, IN @ Lawn at White River*

6/28 – Chicago, IL @ Northerly Island**

7/10 – Manchester, UK @ Castlefield Bowl

7/12 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival

7/13 – London, UK @ Hyde Park

7/15 – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle

7/16 – Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark

7/18 – Rättvik, SE @ Dalhalla

8/4 – Waterford, IE @ All Together Now

8/6 – Glasgow, UK @ Summer Nights at the Bandstand

8/7 – Glasgow, UK @ Summer Nights at the Bandstand

8/9 – Sicily, IT @ Ypsigrock

8/10 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival

8/11 – Buftea, RO @ Summer Well

8/14 – Paredes de Coura, PT @ Paredes de Coura

8/16 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop

8/16 — 8/18 –  Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands

8/18 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop

8/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Deer Lake Park**

8/29 – Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park**

8/30 – Portland, OR @ Edgefield**

9/1 – Stanford, CA @ Frost Amphitheater**

9/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre**

9/3 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre**

9/5 – Ogden, UT @ Ogden Amphitheater**

9/6 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom**

9/7 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom**

9/8 – Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Opera House**

9/10 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheatre**

9/11 –  Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall**

10/16 – Mexico City, MX @ Pepsi Center

10/24 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena

11/25 – Warsaw, PL @ Torwar Hall

11/26 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle

11/27 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle

11/29 – Copenhagen, DK @ Royal Arena

12/1 – Bochum, DE @ Ruhrcongress

12/2 – Cologne, DE @ Palladium

12/3 – Zurich, SW @ Samsung Hall

12/4 – Munich, DE @ Zenith

12/5 – Stuttgart, DE @ Porsche Arena

*w/ Courtney Barnett

**w/ Alvvays

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