The National Covers INXS’ ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ To Benefit Australian Fires

On Wednesday (February 26), The National released its cover of INXS' “Never Tear Us Apart” as part of the Songs for Australia benefit album to raise money for the country after the devastating wildfires.

While the band stays true to INXS' song, the original string synth-heavy track gets a makeover by The National with drums taking the helm in the band's cover. The National also added some pretty remarkable horns into its version as well as some killer guitar riffs.

The album will benefit a ton of charities, including WildArk, Landcare Australia, SEED: First indigenous Youth Climate network, The Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation, and Emergency Leaders for Climate Action.

Other artists contributing to the album include Julia Stone (who spearheaded the idea for the album), Kurt Vile, Dermot Kennedy, Damien Rice, and more. Songs for Australia will be released March 5. 

The National recently announced a tour extension with a dozen new headlining dates in North America amongst the band's festival appearances.

The National additional 2020 tour dates:

07-15 Shelburne, Vermont - The Green at Shelburne Museum *

07-17 Ottawa, Ontario - Ottawa Bluesfest

07-19 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival

07-20 Minneapolis, MN - Surly Brewing Festival Field *

07-21 Winnipeg, Manitoba - Burton Cummings Theatre *

07-23 Edmonton, Alberta - Edmonton Convention Centre *

07-25 Missoula, MT - KettleHouse Amphitheatre ~*

07-26 Boise, ID - Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden *

07-29 Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap Center for Performing Arts +

07-30 New Haven, CT - Westville Music Bowl ^

07-31 Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest +

08-01 Cooperstown, NY - Brewery Ommegang +

^ with Sharon Van Etten

* with Lucy Dacus

+ with Julia Jacklin

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