The National Announced Their New Album Laugh Track At Their Homecoming Cincinnati Festival
While it’s only been a few months since The National dropped their album, First Two Pages Of Frankenstein, it seems they’ve been hard at work on another. Tonight the band kicked off their Homecoming 2023 Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Across the two festival days, fans also get to hear either High Violet or Trouble Will Find Me played in full. They can catch other acts tomorrow like Pavement, Snail Mail, Weyes Blood, and more. Tickets are still available for 1-Day General Admission for Saturday here.
And they had a special announcement in store: unveiling that their new album, Laugh Track, is on the way. It will also drop sooner than most expected, arriving Sunday night at midnight — or Monday morning, technically.
While not much else is known about The National’s new record yet, those attending the first night received a truly welcoming surprise.
First Two Pages Of Frankenstein dropped back in April, featuring collaborations with Phoebe Bridgers, Sufjan Stevens, and Taylor Swift. They then headed out on a worldwide tour, including a stop at Madison Square Garden with Patti Smith as a surprise guest. The National’s tour dates are continuing in Europe through early October.
“Even though we’d always been anxious whenever we were working on a record, this was the first time it ever felt like maybe things really had come to an end,” lead singer Matt Berninger shared previously.
The National and Patti Smith doing “I Need My Girl” at Homecoming Festival 1/2 (second half looks better lol) pic.twitter.com/1rtfVdjiKJ— Philip Cosores (@Philip_Cosores) September 16, 2023
According to Setlist.fm, The National dedicated “Afraid Of Everyone” to Michael Stipe and Patti Smith during an earlier part of their performance. As the night and weekend continues, time will tell what else they have planned.
There are still one-day passes for Saturday of the Homecoming Festival available. More information can be found via the band’s website.
Check out a video of Patti Smith performing “I Need My Girl” with The National above.