Demons - The National

from the album Trouble Will Find Me (2013)

I spent this week in NYC, my favorite place to see live music. Unfortunately, I was there for work and my schedule was not going to allow me to catch a show.  On Tuesday night, I was looking for a place with a little grit to take some colleagues to dinner and headed towards a taquerila on the lower east side.  As we wound closer to our destination, we passed the Mercury Lounge, one of my favorite venues in the city.  The line to get in was longer than I had ever seen.  It turns out that The National were playing a sold out show.

How I would have loved being there.  These Brooklyn indie-rockers have been on my list of bands to see for several years.  I am particularly drawn to singer Matt Berninger's baritone voice.  I am equally drawn to the song Demons from their new album Trouble Will Find Me.

This song is destined for alternative radio glory.  It centers on a man in a deep funk who cannot rise above it.  This results in the song's mantra "So I stay down / With my demons", which has a haunting quality that makes me listen to it again and again.

I also really dig the drumming on this song.  The snare drum has a dull thud that offers a perfect counterbalance to the vocals.  It is the little details like this that make a great band.

I also dig the visual imagery of the lyrics.  They depict "Alligators in the sewers" and ""Buzzards in the sky".  But my favorite line is "Do my crying underwater / I can't get down any farther."

This band really has it all together.  Always great to see the stars shine on Brooklyn.

Click Here to watch to a version of Demons with the lyrics.

Click Here to watch the official video for Demons.

Click Here to watch The National perform Pink Rabbits (also from Trouble Will Find Me) Tuesday night at the Mercury Lounge.  I sure wish I had been there.