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Nationals & War on Drugs

NorthSide is a festival held in Denmarks 2nd largest city Aarhus. This time starting today.

Some of the headlining names are Björk, Queens of the Stone Age, Beck ,A Perfect Circle and Liam Gallagher, I’m not going, but a friend is, so I am sort of curious.
I will take a look at some of the other bands visiting NorthSide  this weekend.

The Nationals and The War on Drugs, both winning awards at this year’s Grammy’s respectively: Best Alternative Music Album (Sleep Well Beast) and Best Rock Album (A Deeper Understanding)

The National is a band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1999, their commercial breakthrough came in 2010 with their fifth album “High Violet”, debuting as 3rd on Billboard 200.

The band generally use many additional musicians on their albums, on “High Violet” even more than usual with 26, including Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), that is a trend they have kept since, on the last album even a 22 members “Paris orchestral sessions ensemble”

Sleep Well Beast was released Sep. 2017


The War on Drugs is band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in 2005 by Kurt Vile (electric guitar) and Adam Granduciel (vocals, guitars, keyboards and more). Kurt Vile left the band in 2008 and there has been a lot on members coming and going, besides Granduciel only permanent member has been David Hartley (bass)

With some attention created from their 2nd album “Slave Ambient” (2011), the 3rd album “Lost in the Dream” (2014) attracted a worldwide recognition, and with the latest album “A Deeper Understanding” they also broke Billboard 200 top 10 and sold well in Australia, UK and most of northern Europe.

The War on Drugs plays an on paper strange mix of Dylan, Springsteen and Psychedelica, but it works !

A Deeper Understanding was released Aug. 2017