Watch the National Cover Talking Heads’ ‘Heaven’ in London
The National took on Talking Heads' "Heaven" last night, a track from the legendary band's Fear of Music record. It kicked off the National's encore on the second of a four-night stand at London's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo. You can watch fan-shot video of the performance above.
The band delivered a faithful cover, with frontman Matt Berninger's typical conversational delivery. The National are currently on a world tour behind their seven studio album, Sleep Well Beast, which was released earlier this month. The show included all but one song from the 12-track record, which marks their first No. 1 album in the U.K.
Back in May when they announced the album, the band also released the first single, "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness." In June, it was proceeded by "Guilty Party," while "Carin at the Liquor Store" and "Day I Die" both came in August. An album as dark as any they've produced, Berninger recently told The Atlantic it's steeped in the political as well as the personal. "Politics is personal. I don’t understand why people separate love and politics in their art—and I don’t know who does," he said. "We don’t expect people who write novels to be like, “Oh, this chapter is the political chapter and over here is the love chapter.” Somewhere along the line, musicians felt it was uncool to be political. It never made any sense to me. Who’s cooler than Nina Simone? And why would you take it out of your toolbox of stuff to write about?
Last week, the National performed a cover of New Order's "Love Vigilantes" in Manchester, England. They've covered a variety of artists in the past, from Perfume Genius to Cat Power to the Grateful Dead.