Bloodbuzz Ohio

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"Bloodbuzz Ohio"
Bloodbuzz Ohio.jpg
Single by The National
from the album High Violet
Released March 24, 2010 (digital download)
May 3, 2010 (7")
Format 7" vinyl, Digital download
Genre Indie rock, post-punk revival
Length 4:36
Label 4AD(AD 3X22)
Songwriter(s) Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Padma Newsome
Producer(s) The National
The National singles chronology
"Fake Empire"
"Bloodbuzz Ohio"
"Anyone's Ghost"
"Fake Empire"
"Bloodbuzz Ohio"
"Anyone's Ghost"

"Bloodbuzz Ohio" is a single by indie rock band The National, from their fifth studio album, High Violet. It is notable for Matt Berninger's baritone vocals. It was made available for download on the band's website on March 24, 2010. The song was also released on 7" vinyl (with the exclusive B-side "Sin-Eaters") on May 3, 2010.[1] The cover art of this single is a work by artist Mark Fox, titled Jane Jacobs Understands The Beehive.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Bloodbuzz Ohio received critical reviews as being the first single from High Violet. One Thirty BPM states the track to be "the beating heart of High Violet and most alarming insight into the psyche of the album."[3] Pitchfork Media's review stated that Bloodbuzz Ohio was "a tense, drawn-out build with Matt Berninger's weathered baritone lording all over everything".[4] On January 26, 2011, the song was voted at number 31 on the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2010, making it their highest entry on the countdown ever.

Music video[edit]

Matt Berninger is the main focus of the first video from High Violet which shows him dapper in a suit, holding a drink, and walking the streets of New York City, seemingly lost in thought as he sings.[5] Documentary film director D.A. Pennebaker appears in a cameo in the video, playing a bartender[6]

It was directed by Hope Hall, Andreas Burgess and Matt’s wife Carin Besser.[7]


The National performed a special live studio performance and interview on American Public Media's Marketplace November 1, 2012.

Track listing[edit]

  • "Bloodbuzz Ohio" (May 3, 2010)
    • 4AD (AD 3X22), 7" vinyl and digital download
    1. "Bloodbuzz Ohio" – 4:36
    2. "Sin-Eaters" – 3:40

Chart history[edit]

It charted on the Belgian Flanders Ultratop 50 at number 49 for one week on week 25 of 2010.[8] It then re-entered the chart, and on its third week on the chart, the song peaked at number 16.[9] It has also charted on the Ultratip chart in Wallonia region at number 37.[10]

Chart Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 16
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[10] 37


  1. ^ "4AD – The National – Download Free MP3 of the new single, 'Bloodbuzz Ohio'". March 25, 2010. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  2. ^ Fox, Mark. "News". Mark Fox. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ Barker, Ian. "Track Review: The National "Bloodbuzz Ohio"". One Thirty BPM. Archived from the original on June 26, 2010. Retrieved December 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ Breihan, Tom (March 30, 2010). "The National: "Bloodbuzz Ohio" | Tracks". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  5. ^ "The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  6. ^ Amy Phillips (May 11, 2010). "Video: The National "Bloodbuzz Ohio"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ "The National – ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’ video – News | State Magazine". May 12, 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  8. ^ "The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio – Music Charts". Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  9. ^ a b " – The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  10. ^ a b " – The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved March 23, 2014.

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