This single released in 2007 really seems to have that necessary “staying-power” for which so many artists strive. “Mistaken for Strangers” teems with dark guitar sounds and vocals resonating with empathetically lonely lyrics. But the interesting aspect of the track is that I still wanted to listen to it over and over, despite the dark overtones. The song is really adicting. The vocals might be compared to other monotone-like singers, such as Interpol’s singer or She Wants Revenge’s singer. But I don’t embelish when I say that The National does it better. Yes Interpol has their fair share of great songs with haunting, monotone vocals. But The National seems to have the elements that are lacking for other similar bands.

“Mistaken for Strangers” is dancable, fun, and self-loathing all in one. Who could want more? If you’re feeling in the mood for some straightforward, catchy indie rock, check these fellas out.