Nacional

Nacional

 Glasgow, Scotland, GBR
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Nacional's music bursts with energy. Lovelorn, northern diatribe perfectly complimented by punching guitar riffs and rhythm, with lyrics that convey meaning and highlight their poetic heart. The band connect with audiences through their words, music and intense live performances

Biography

Nacional are a Glasgow based band formed in November 2006, hailing from eclectic musical corners of the U.K. They carry the great British music batton into the future, sounding like the prodigal, prodigy children of The Smiths, The Stone Roses & The Wedding Present. Pushing forward with their own epic sound with rhythms that will make you dance like Joy Division's Ian Curtis. Lovelorn, Northern diatribe perfectly complimented by soaring guitar riffs and punching rhythm. Lyrics that convey meaning and highlight a poetic heart with burnt hands and closed eyes. The band strive to make a connection with audiences through their words, music and intense live performances.

They recently played a live session on the Vic Galloway show on Radio 1 to promote forthcoming single ‘On T.V/First Killing’ set for release on Art Goes Pop records, distribution by Rough Trade and also on various digital download sites including ITunes. Release date is the 6th June 2009. Huw Stevens Radio 1 played ‘On T.V’ proclaiming “Nacional sounding might fine”.

Nacional recently returned from their triumphant S x S W showcase in Austin, Texas where they played an official showcase as well as a string of other gigs. Appearing on the Scottish Arts Council official C.D also featuring Primal Scream and the Twighlight Sad.

The band have recently had their song ‘Telephone’ included on the covermount of the March issue of Artrocker magazine- 'Pepe Jeans Sweet FA2’ read by an estimated 30,000 people in the U.K, with a further 50,000 distributed all over Europe with the article promoting the band, their S x S W showcase and ‘On T.V’ release.(See link below) Their song ‘Yorkshire’ is currently being featured on the Strummerville compilation a charity set up in the name of Joe Strummer available from Itunes from the 5th of May.(see link below) With the band as well as other Strummerville artists being featured in the Italian Rolling Stone.(See Links below) The band were also featured on recent best of myspace podcast which is currently in the ITunes music podcast top 100.

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=309876487&s=143444
http://www.rollingstonemagazine.it/page.php?ID=4917
http://www.strummerville.com

Last years achievements include playing the Late ‘N’ Live stage at Great Britain’s most prestigious festival- 'Glastonbury', which was the bands crowning achievement of their U.K tour, where they were name checked by Mercury Award winning frontman Guy Garvie of the band Elbow as being “my new favourite band” on BBC Radio 1 after seeing Nacional play on the opening day of the festival.

Following on from Glastonbury they appeared alongside Moby, performing live on SKY 203(Channel M) in Manchester (See video link below) as well as supporting Pivot and winning The Magnus Magnusson Award from Glasgow Caledonian University with a performance in The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in front of 2000 people at the freshers address. Other supports include Detroit Social Club, Twisted Wheel and The Phantom Band.
http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1213860378/bctid1725949693

Nacional released their first single in August of this year. Double A side Telephone/Yorkshire distributed by Rough Trade Records.(See Link Below)
http://www.roughtrade.com/site/new_release_list.lasso?file=New_Releases_28-07-2008.html
The 'Telephone' single has an animated video(See video link below), made by Joshua at the Art Goes Pop team, melting together 2 art forms and keeping with the labels artistic ethos. The video was recently showcased on Channel M.
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=LQP_ExRqGpw
Joshua Armitage of the BBC has again animated the forthcoming video this time combined with the live footage from their performance at the Popmorphic Studio, a format which revolutionises the live music experience with film and sound technological advances.(See video link below)
http://www.vimeo.com/4268979
They have also been championed by ex-XFM now Radio Scotland DJ Jim Gellatly, recipient of the John Peel Contribution to Music Award 2008 who has helped bring the band to prominence in Scotland with his loyalty and commitment to The Nacional cause. Also championed by BBC Radio 6 as well as a host of student radio stations and podcasts including Exposed podcast, Subcity Radio and UCA Radio, Last FM as well as Irelands 2fm and Radio Yorkshire. Some of the American radio stations include WPRB, KCRW and KORQ.

Lyrics

Telephone

Written By: Robert Armstrong

I'm just reminded I can't hold the way that I used to love you,

Your mother told me I would never be of any use to you.

I just wish that you would pick up your telephone to me,

I just wish that you would pick up your telephone to me.

But in the end it all made sense when you said I was always the first,

But I don't really care because you were always saying those things to me.

I just wish that you would pick up your telephone to me,

I just wish that you would pick up your telephone to me.


'Coz she's cold, ohhh....


We tied our hands as it was the first thing that we always precided to do,

And I will never hold back when it comes to complimenting you.

I just wish that you would pick up your telephone to me,

I just wish that you would pick up your telephone to me.

'Coz she's cold, ohhh....

I'm just reminded I don't want this anymore,

I'm just reminded I don't need this anymore,

I'm just reminded I don't want this anymore,

I've just decided I don't love you anymore.

Discography

Nacional released their first single in August of this year. Double A side Telephone/Yorkshire distributed by Rough Trade Records.(See Link Below)
http://www.roughtrade.com/site/new_release_list.lasso?file=New_Releases_28-07-2008.html

Set List

1. Broken Hands 2. Chorus 3. Yorkshire 4. Lucas Telephone 5. I Want To See You Sway 6. You Wear It Well 7. On T.V 8. First Killing. Typical set 30-45 minutes