The National released the video for “I’ll Still Destroy You” off their most recent album Sleep Well Beast (4AD). The band also announced a headlining slot during the second weekend of the inaugural All Points East festival on Saturday, June 2nd at London’s Victoria Park. Members of the National will also perform in Buffalo. NY on December 11th to benefit the Buffalo String Works, a not-for-profit that provides high-quality music instruction on stringed instruments to children of low-income, refugee, and immigrant parents.
In addition, The National recently announced a November 1st performance alongside Chance the Rapper and Gloria Estefan for the closing event for the Obama Foundation Summit: a community event that will bring together thousands to celebrate civic leaders making a difference around the world and inspire those in attendance and watching live to make a positive impact in their own communities. Chance the Rapper is working with the Foundation on the creative design of the event. Additional artists will be announced at a later date. The community event will be November 1 at 8:30 PM CT and live streamed at Obama.org.
“I’ll Still Destroy You” was directed by Allan Sigurðsson and Icelandic performance and installation artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Ragnar, who also appears in the video, collaborated with The National for “A Lot Of Sorrow” which saw the band play their song “Sorrow” for six hours in front of a live audience at MOMA’s PS1. “I’ll Still Destroy You” was filmed in Copenhagen, Denmark during the Aaron and Bryce Dessner created HAVEN Festival. It was shot in one hour at Dope & Korruption, a pop-up bar created by Ragnar offering arancini, chocolate truffles, prosecco, classical music and a sailor striptease. During the video shoot, the bar was shut down by Danish security officials and destroyed the day after