The Bowery Presents
The National

The National

Youth Lagoon

Wed, June 5, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Barclays Center

Brooklyn, NY

$49.50, $29.50

This event is all ages

The National
The National
The National will put on their first hometown show in over a year and a half when they perform at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on June 5th. Their last New York appearance was a sold out run of six consecutive nights at the Beacon Theater. Tickets go on sale to the public at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 18th via ticketmaster. The 17,000 capacity Barclays Center opened in September of 2012 and not only serves as home to NBA’s Brooklyn Nets but has also hosted concerts by Jay-Z, Coldplay and the Rolling Stones in its inaugural year. Youth Lagoon is set to open the show.

Formed in 1999, The National consists of vocalist Matt Berninger fronting two pairs of brothers: Aaron (guitar, bass, piano) and Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Scott (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums). Their first full-lengths, The National and Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers, and a crucial mini-album, Cherry Tree, preceded their signing to Beggars Banquet in 2004. Alligator (2005), included underground anthem “Mr. November,” and raised their profile as the National grew into an incendiary live band. Boxer (2007), featuring songs like “Fake Empire”, “Mistaken For Strangers” and “Start A War,” sold over three times as many copies as its predecessor and saw them transformed from underground stars into a rock institution. High Violet (2010), released on 4AD brought the band global critical and commercial success. Both individually and collectively The National’s members have been involved in countless artistic, charitable and socio-political pursuits.
Youth Lagoon
Youth Lagoon
Trevor Powers, whose stage name is Youth Lagoon, began writing his debut album The Year of Hibernation in 2010. Based around the idea of psychological dysphoria, Powers tried to document the trails of his mind through songs of minimalism and hypnotic ambience. Powers later described his writing process as "my mind communicating with me, not the other way around...it can take me to scary places but I've realized those bizarre thoughts I have don't define me." After signing with Mississippi-based label Fat Possum Records in 2011, he toued much of the following year before going back into solitude to write.

Wondrous Bughouse, Powers' sophomore album (due March 5 worldwide via Fat Possum), was spawned from what he describes as "becoming more fascinated with the human psyche and where the spiritual meets the physical world." During the time he wrote, Powers became intrigued with the metaphysical universe and blending those ideas with pop music.

"Youth Lagoon is something so personal to me because writing music is how I sort my thoughts, as well as where I transfer my fears," explains Powers.

"My mental state is usually pretty sporadic...a lot of this record was influenced by a fear of mortality but embracing it at the same time. Realizing that human life is only great because it is temporary. Experimenting with ideas about dimensions. I'm not a gifted speaker, so explaining things is difficult for me. But music always makes sense."
Venue Information:
Barclays Center
620 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11217