The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio

What a glorious tune. For me it always conjures up a balmy night holding aloft a warm cider in a field with like-minded souls. My first live experience of The National was at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in 2007 – back then a relatively unknown American rock band with some folk leanings, interesting lyrics and a deep voiced singer with an engaging delivery.

Of course, they are now way huge and play sold out headline shows all over the world, I still think they are original, innovative and hold up as one of those bands that defines a genre.