Review: A captivating Kings Park night with The National, Fleet Foxes and Annie Hamilton

The National Kings Park live review
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In the ever so picturesque Kings Park and Botanic Gardens last weekend, The National’s performance was elevated by the enchanting sounds of their supporting acts, Annie Hamilton and Fleet Foxes.

Words and photos by Daniel Njegich.

Kicking off the night, Annie Hamilton’s ethereal melodies set the stage with a captivating blend of indie-folk nuances, creating an atmospheric prelude that resonated well with the audience. As the night unfolded, Fleet Foxes took to the stage, weaving their intricate harmonies and instrumentals. Their folk-infused sound, enriched with poetic lyricism, served as a perfect complement to the headlining act.

The National Kings Park live review

Songs like Ragged Wood and White Winter Hymnal showcased Fleet Foxes’ musical prowess, and the synergy between Annie Hamilton, Fleet Foxes, and The National created a harmonious progression of musical experience. The collective impact of these three distinct musical entities transformed the Perth show into a multifaceted exploration of indie music, crescendoing to perfection with the headliners.

The National Kings Park live review

From the moment they stepped into the spotlight, the atmospheric aura of The National’s sound enveloped the audience, creating an ethereal atmosphere that lingered long after the final notes had faded away. Matt Berninger’s stage presence was magnetic, as he navigated the complex landscape of the band’s poignant lyrics with raw authenticity. The seamless collaboration between the band members, including the Dessner brothers’ intricate guitar work and Aaron Dessner’s masterful arrangements, added layers of complexity to each track.

The National Kings Park live review

What stood out most was the band’s ability to strike a delicate balance between vulnerability and intensity. Songs like Bloodbuzz Ohio and Fake Empire unfolded with a haunting beauty, while tracks like I Need My Girl erupted with a cathartic energy that resonated throughout the venue. The crowd’s collective response, alternating between hushed reverence and ecstatic applause, mirrored the emotional journey woven into the band’s discography.

Adding an unexpected twist to the already captivating performance, Matt Berninger defied the conventional boundaries of the stage. As attendees who’ve seen the band before will know, Bernginger doesn’t mind a wander into the crowd, and he did so again last weekend, seamlessly navigating through the audience while one very long microphone cable held strong throughout the journey.

The National Kings Park live review

Surrounded by enthusiastic concertgoers, he continued to sing with unwavering poise, turning the venue into an intimate space where the boundary between performer and audience dissolved. This daring escapade into the crowd not only showcased Matt’s fearless approach to live performance but also intensified the emotional resonance of the songs. Fans found themselves immersed in a unique,
shared experience, witnessing firsthand the raw, unfiltered energy that defines The National’s live shows.

The National Kings Park live review

These shows were not just concerts; they were immersive experiences that left an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to witness them – The National’s performance once again solidifying their reputation as masters of capturing the human experience through music.