Bartees Strange | photo by Bao Ngo | courtesy of the artist
Bartees Strange reinvents The National’s “Lemonworld”
On his upcoming debut EP Say Goodbye To Pretty Boy, Bartees Strange reimagines songs by indie rock giants The National in his own emo and electronic influenced style. Ahead of the EP’s release on March 13, Bartees shared his interpretation of The National’s “Lemonworld,” from their 2010 album High Violet.
According to a press release, the EP is “both a heartfelt homage and a political act of critique,” inspired by Bartees’ observation of The National’s overwhelmingly white audience while attending one of their shows last year. Bartees was compelled to record versions of the band’s songs that highlight why he loves them, but also point out how black artists are overlooked in traditionally white spaces like indie rock.
Bartees Strange was born in the UK and grew up in Oklahoma before moving to Brooklyn to pursue music. He now lives in DC, where he also works at an environmental nonprofit. Say Goodbye To Pretty Boy will be followed by a full-length record later this year.
March 12 – Brooklyn, NY – The Sultan Room
March 14 – Washington, DC – Mystery INC
March 19 + 20 – Austin, TX – SXSW
April 23 – St. Louis, MO – The Sinkhole
April 24 – Memphis, TN – The Hi Tone Cafe
April 25 – Norman, OK – Norman Music Festival
April 26 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook
May 7 – Ridgewood, NY – Trans-Pecos
May 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
May 9 – Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong