The National live at Metropolis, Montreal – December 8, 2017 It was 5:00 PM and the doors for The National’s show were set to…Read More
Although formed during the post-punk revival of the late ’90s, the National took inspiration from a wider set of influences, including country-rock, Americana, indie rock, and Britpop. The lineup began taking shape in Ohio and officially cemented itself in New York, with baritone vocalist Matt Berninger joining forces with two sets of brothers — Scott (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums), and Aaron (guitar) and Bryce Dessner (guitar). After establishing themselves as a live act, the bandmates made their studio debut with The National, a self-titled record that appeared in 2001 to considerable acclaim. Two years later, the band returned with Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, a deft blending of alternative country and chamber pop that found the band partnering with producer Peter Katis.
the National continued working with Katis throughout the rest of the decade. Following the release of an EP, Cherry Tree, in 2004, the band signed with Beggars Banquet and released Alligator. Although sales were modest, Alligator proved to be one of the year’s most critically approved releases. 2007’s Boxer, an ambitious effort that featured orchestration by the Clogs’ Padma Newsome and piano by Sufjan Stevens, fared similarly well. It also became the band’s first album to chart fairly well, peaking at number 67 on the Billboard 200.
A documentary by French filmmaker Vincent Moon was released in 2008, capturing the band during the Boxer recording sessions. That same year, the National released The Virginia EP, a collection of new material and various B-sides, and began working on a new studio album with Katis. High Violet appeared two years later, earning the guys the highest marks of their career and going gold in multiple countries.
What a year for music 2017 has been! Along with a string of losses to the musical community, it seems like the amount of…Read More
The National have released a new video for “Dark Side Of The Gym”. The clip was directed, choreographed and stars New York City Ballet…Read More
The National have released their new video for “I’ll Still Destroy You”. The track is off their current release Sleep Well Beast (4AD). The…Read More
There’s no question that The National know how to compose gripping music, but there execution isn’t on point. Sounding a little tired on their…Read More
The National will release their forthcoming Sleep Well Beast on September 8th via 4AD. Today The National have shared another track off the album…Read More
The National have released their new single “Guilty Party”. The track is off their forthcoming release Sleep Well Beast. The album drops September on…Read More
Colliding the brilliant minds of Sufjan Stevens, The National’s Bryce Dessner, the amazing classical composing skills of Nico Muhly and the drum work of…Read More
The National have announced brand new album Sleep Well Beast, the full-length will be released on September 8th via 4AD. Sleep Well Beast was…Read More
Andrew Bird recently teamed up with The National’s Matt Berninger to cover the Velvet Underground classic “Perfect Day” for Bird’s Facebook Live series, “Live…Read More
The fourth annual Field Trip Music & Arts Festival returned to Toronto’s Fort York and Garrison Commons this past weekend. Run by the city’s…Read More
4AD are pleased to announce the release of Day of the Dead, a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music, on May 20th, 2016. Day…Read More