The National share music video for 'Day I Die'


The National have shared their latest track ‘Day I Die’ from their forthcoming album Sleep Well Beast. The video, which was directed by Casey Reas, compresses the frenetic energy of performing with the grind of touring. It’s a day in the life of The National.

Reas adds, “Graham MacIndoe captured eighteen time-lapse photo series during rehearsals at Le Centquatre in June 2017 in Paris. Hours of rehearsal are compressed into a few minutes. Over five thousand of these photographs were brought together to make the final video. I wrote custom software to collage multiple photographs together and to compile them into videos. A flickering colour layer abstracted from broadcast television signals augments the black and white footage. The images here are played back at 12fps, near the threshold of the persistence of vision.”

In September, The National will embark on their nearly sold-out world tour, including one New Zealand date at Auckland’s Villa Maria in February 2018

This will be The National’s fifth visit to Auckland, where they will perform for a fanbase that has truly grown with the band. They first visited in 2008 for an intimate gig at The Kings Arms, followed by three sold-out shows at The Powerstation in 2011, moving up to Vector Arena in 2014, before their New Zealand outdoor debut at Western Springs for Auckland City Limits last year. 

The National

Sunday February 25th: Villa Maria Winery, Auckland

Tickets for this very special show by one of the world’s great live bands go on-sale from midday Friday 1 September, with a Ticketmaster pre-sale from midday Thursday 31 August. Villa Maria Winery is an all-ages venue, and as a special offer to families, one child under 12 is welcome free per a ticketed adult.

Tickets available from Ticketmaster
On sale from Friday 1 September (12pm)

One child free with a ticketed adult – the show is a general access show and attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic, bring chairs and blankets to enjoy one of the world’s greatest live bands in the comfort of one of New Zealand’s greatest back yards – Villa Maria Winery.


Wed 21 Feb 2018 - Sydney Opera House, Sydney - Tickets via Sydney Opera House

Tue 27 Feb 2018 - Riverstage, Brisbane - Tickets via Ticketmaster

Thu 1 Mar 2018 - Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne - Tickets via Ticketmaster