The National

The National


Fri, August 30

Doors: 4:30 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

McMenamins Edgefield

Troutdale, OR


This event is all ages

The National
The National

Both individually and collectively The National’s members have been involved in countless artistic, charitable and socio-political pursuits. The group released “A Lot of Sorrow” documenting their collaboration with installation artist Ragnar Kjartansson, that took place at MOMA’s PS1 and saw the band play their song “Sorrow” for six hours in front of a live audience. They are behind the Red Hot benefit albums Dark Was The Night and Day Of The Dead, and the compilation boxed set titled 7-Inches for Planned Parenthood. Band member’s have received a Golden Globe Nomination for work on the score of the 2015 film Revenant, founded or play a major part in MusicNow, Eaux Claires and Haven Festival and Boston Calling, and participated heavily in both Obama Presidential Campaigns, and much more.

2013 also saw the theatrical release of their documentary, Mistaken For Strangers set to the backdrop of the band’s 2010 release High Violet. The documentary was chosen to premiere on the opening night of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival followed by a theatrical release in the US and worldwide distribution. Over their 16-year career the band has sold more than 1.7 million albums in the U.S. alone.

The National consists of Matt Berninger (vocals) fronting two pairs of brothers: Aaron (guitar, bass, piano) and Bryce Dessner (guitar, piano), and Scott (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).
Alvvays are two women, three men, a crate of cassette tapes and a love of jingle-jangle. Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan grew up as next-door neighbours in Cape Breton, lifting fiddles and folk-songs. Heartbreaks of different shades soon entered their lives, as did the music of Teenage Fanclub and Belle & Sebastian. Similar noisy melancholy drifted over to Prince Edward Island, finding Alec O'Hanley, Brian Murphy and Philip MacIsaac.

Convening in Toronto, the group has been making music since dusk or maybe dawn, when stars were appearing or fading. As a result, their internationally acclaimed, debut, self-titled album is both sun-splashed and twilit. Nine songs concealing drunkenness, defeat and death in tungsten-tinted pop that glitters like sea glass. And, the world has become besotted with it. The needlepoint melody and verse of Rankin and O'Hanley's songs were recorded with Chad VanGaalen at his Yoko Eno studio. It was mixed by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile.

Released on July 22, of 2014 on Royal Mountain Records (Canada), Polyvinyl Records (USA) and Transgressive Records (Europe) it achieved "Best Album Of Year" status from the likes of Rolling Stone, Paste, NME, Gorilla vs Bear, CBC and more, and claimed cover stories at Exclaim and NOW Magazine. Votes for "Best Song of The Year" flooded in from Pitchfork, NPR, Fader, CBC, Drowned in Sound and Consequence of Sound. The album's debut at #1 at College Radio in the U.S. was the first time a debut album from any artist has achieved that feat.

"Rankin possesses the sort of radiant but deceptively deadpan voice that lets her infuse these lovelorn
laments with sly, sometimes sinister wit," noted Pitchfork.
"Millennial social anxiety, it turns out, is a wildcard genius pairing with breezy, effortlessly cool surf-rock, and the combination is irresistible," chimed NPR.

"It's a rare treat to discover a band like Alvvays. Whether you're looking to fall in love this summer or pine away unrequited, you won't find a better soundtrack than this," said Rolling Stone.

"Alvvays Make Sunny Guitar-Pop Gold on Self-Titled Debut," read the review headline from TIME, and the NME raved, "Summer jams meet jangly melancholy on the Toronto band's impressive debut."

"It's scary to think what Rankin and the rest might achieve in the future when they've burst out of the gate with songs as smartly conceived and effortlessly listenable as "Adult Diversion," "Party Police" and the devastatingly achy "Ones Who Love You," said The Toronto Star upon album release.

Alvvays has toured alongside Real Estate (in the UK) and The Decemberists (within North America) in addition to a prominent collection of headline shows around the world. The quintet will feature at major festivals this summer and fall including Reading and Leeds, FYF, WayHome, Outside Lands and Osheaga in addition to a host of continued global tour demands. Alvvays is loud and clear and true. Flood your ears.