June 12, 2006

Devastations and The National on Same Bill at Koko, Other News

Two weeks ago our favorite Australian nomads, Devastations, went head-to-head with our favorite Brooklyn homebodies, The National, in a sold-out London show at the famed venue, Koko.

Devastations were coming off their recent move to Europe and a series of dates opening for and backing-up New Zealand pop star Bic Runga. (As in "the lovely and talented.") Bic met the boys in Australia, and was so struck with their talent she contributed vocals to the song "Man of Fortune," which you'll be able to hear when Brassland releases their American debut, Coal.

The National were coming off four dates supporting the very-huge (and very nice) guys in Editors, a swing which found them losing their tour bus virginity to a deep pink, multi-bunk number that sported multiple plasma screens and one sweet XBox. Here is some obligatory YouTube Video of their Koko performance, apparently as filmed by some person's cell phone. We do not vouch for the sound quality, drink prices, or shaky handheld camera effects.

Following their current touring, Devastations will settle down (for awhile) in Berlin and London, all the better to stage an American takeover attempt this fall. A little birdie tells us The National are preparing to enter the studio to record their fourth full-length album.

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