You need flash!
no cover -  

The National

seen live indie rock indie alternative rock

      The National is a Brooklyn-based band formed in 1999, by friends from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The band's lyrics are written and sung by Matt Berninger in a distinctive, deep baritone. The rest of the band is composed of two pairs of brothers: Aaron Dessner (guitar, bass, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott Devendorf (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).

      Their self-titled debut album"The National" (Brassland 2001) was recorded and released before they had played even a single show. They cut the album with engineer Nick Lloyd and formed a label with writer Alec Bemis, so those recordings could be released. Kerrang! magazine gave it four Ks, calling it "the stuff underground legends are made of."

      The National made a second album, "Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers" (Brassland/Talitres 2003). The staff was the same, though Peter Katis, who produced "Turn on The Bright Lights" and "Antics" by Interpol, helped produce and mix, and Australian composer Padma Newsome from Clogs collaborated on arrangements and strings.

      Following the first session of several for Bernard Lenoir on France's Radio Inter, an in-between EP was released, Cherry Tree, containing what would become the blueprint for the sound on their next record and the session of Sad Song's standout Murder Me Rachael. After these accolades and being impressed by their live show, Roger Trust signed them to Beggars Banquet.

      A show at their favorite bar became a van ride to neighboring cities, became a plane ride to Europe, became two summers overseas. Their ties to those good jobs slackened. And they continue on their own path, moving out even further out in Brooklyn to Ditmas Park, where there is space and familiar suburban streets and even Geese on Beverly Road. Their album, "Alligator", much of which was recorded at their homes in Ditmas Park, was engineered by Paul Mahajan, who has worked with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV on the Radio. Padma Newsome camped out for a month with the band, and Peter Katis added more production and mixed the record at his house in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

      Berninger's potent baritone still intones about matters fraught and funny and sad; about record collections, missing persons and medium-sized American hearts. But the record's not simply gothic or miserablist – more like the plays of Tennessee Williams, it's full of peculiar intimacies and awkward grace. Alligator's heroes are reckless and possessed seducers, but they are apologetic ones. In The National's imaginings, in songs alternately lush and spare, there is something twighlit and dreamy worked out in the basement of our brains.

      "Abel," "Secret Meeting," and "Lit Up" were released as singles.

      On May 22, 2007, The National released their follow-up to Alligator, Boxer, on Beggars Banquet. Taking advantage of the fact that nobody had heard their first album and earliest demos, Matt proceeded to steal lyrics and melodies from them and give them the attention they deserved while keeping the intimacy that made them special. They even managed to convince new friend Sufjan Stevens to lay down some piano tracks for them, and recorded the album in a scant 6 months after coming off the long post-Alligator road.

      "Mistaken for Strangers", "Fake Empire" and "Apartment Story" have been released as singles. The band have just finished touring North America and are on a large European autumn/winter tour after playing high slots at several large festivals. In their Dec. 07/Jan. 08 issue, Paste magazine named Boxer best record of 2007.

      The band's fifth album, High Violet, was released on May 10, 2010 by 4AD Records. "Bloodbuzz Ohio", "Anyone's Ghost" and "Terrible Love" were released as singles.

      The National homepage: http://www.americanmary.com/
      The National blog http://tntl.tumblr.com
      The National on Twitter http://twitter.com/The_National
      Brassland homepage: http://brassland.org/
      Beggars Banquet homepage: http://www.beggars.com/


      The National a1f09fc625dc460b9035ae9991c8013e The National bb47dc137cd04fe8839af73eb0ef53f5 The National 957d5296fe0f4f9cb2ab937640832199 The National 0da4b6fbc629447b885c59fdfdb8a6dd The National 04044a8ddc3c4156ae66b98861b22512 The National f4ed89bc6c6a481b91fe105c80aeecee The National 1afac336579347ddc76d31848cff0c15 The National 1d6fcd1687d64188a799266775333c81 The National ef24909a541844a986d9e048aaa9095f The National 182e84335921434fb07e9c1c74a17bab The National 0f752d0aca2945e690183e1b0e126b19 The National c20d391ec6a644a592e2a92c4283b320 The National 582835074c244de18e67c16e6967babe The National 8e657c439b7340178cf81bb9f27e29f3 The National ddafd0b6becf4eaa958ae3d959d5b93c The National 1d6769b61bff4b2eb8c559b1ff01879c The National 66389995f83442c496c9524a11b5a477 The National b24703aef41d4170936372de9fa5f439 The National 6bd8bc5a9c594a8394fbc022c68907dd The National c45fd6d2fb5745c98ef39efb3fe25514 The National adad49f995e44051a95b36936ef2337d The National c8a3107e43144080b0cd10b8e59786d8 The National 7055deb313a8424ea7a5b13106a38af9 The National 71a00b6d836047da8f5c58962fbdea2c The National fc1d606b83b7433a8b82d3ed2a12248f The National f868dd7914654dcc8bfccfa351c2928d The National ba8bf1ad963348c7b71681e27a49261c The National 3a5c945abc854b4181836bbdeb5bc8ab The National 56abcf78742b4b7ca8163b97c5f08683 The National 0108bc8707a94db8908afed6876834f0 The National 6cf47bebe9764b009860df0c2d707988 The National 82f55f243b02448fafa9c3271b4c82f1 The National cbb7eb2ea9b94cdca29b08087aebd68c The National c5e5819ed2804df282df2e129ba76a35 The National 8c170d21775a462285fe05bed2e599f4 The National 84efd1929cb542cdb290a18876051106 The National f2ca497ac94d43d097a7cf3a240a8d3a The National c829329c4c294b1d94f9549c184fa380 The National 38c55e2003444ea4b4159edd5faea548 The National f1c22a6dc06b4ff18f38ecbd7df39ad3
      TOPlist