Out now: The National – Laugh Track + Australian tour dates

The National release a surprise second album of 2023, Laugh Track, out now! The album is a companion to and features material originally started in the same sessions as First Two Pages of Frankenstein. The National also confirmed Australian shows next spring with support from longtime friends Fleet Foxes. Full tour dates below.

Laugh Track is the band’s most freewheeling, all-hands-on-deck album in years. If Frankenstein represented a rebuilding of trust between group members after 20+ years together, the vibrant, exploratory Laugh Track is both the product of that faith and a new statement of intent.

The National honed most of this material in live performances on tour this year, and captured those invigorated versions in impromptu sessions at producer Tucker Martine’s Portland studio, Flora Recording & Playback.

Laugh Track features guest appearances by Phoebe Bridgers and Rosanne Cash, as well as the Bon Iver collaboration ‘Weird Goodbyes’, released as a standalone track in August 2022.

Stream / download Laugh Track here.

The National
with very special guests Fleet Foxes
+ Annie Hamilton

Wednesday 28th February
Riverstage, Brisbane

Friday 1st March
Aware Super Theatre, Sydney

Tuesday 5th March
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne

Saturday 9th March
Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth

Tickets on sale 12PM Friday 22nd September 
Live Nation pre-sale: Thu 21 Sept, 1pm – Fri 22 Sept, 11am
For complete tour and ticket information visit livenation.com.au

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