The National

The National



The National is an American indie rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1999. Currently based in Brooklyn, the band consists of Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott Devendorf (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).

Founded by Berninger, Aaron Dessner, and Scott and Bryan Devendorf, The National released their self-titled debut album, The National (2001), on Brassland Records, an independent record label founded by Dessner and his twin brother, Bryce Dessner. Bryce, who had assisted in recording the album, soon joined the band, participating as a full member in the recording of its follow-up, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (2003).

Leaving behind their day jobs, the National signed with Beggars Banquet Records and released their third studio album, Alligator (2005), to widespread critical acclaim. The band's fourth and fifth studio albums, Boxer (2007) and High Violet (2010), increased their exposure significantly. In 2013, the band released its sixth studio album, Trouble Will Find Me, which was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

Four of the band's albums were included on NME's 2013 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.



Sleep Well Beast
Sleep Well Beast is the upcoming seventh studio album by The National.
Day I Die
Day I Die is a song by The National, released on August 29, 2017.
Carin at the Liquor Store
Carin at the Liquor Store is a song by The National, released on August 8, 2017.
Guilty Party
Guilty Party is a song by The National, released on June 29, 2017.

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Spotify - Albums & Singles37


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‘Things Get Better, Once The Bone Heals’: The National On Break Ups, Break Downs & Glueing Things Back Together
  –  September 8, 2017
The National aired two albums prior to signing to Beggars Banquet Records (now 4AD) in the mid-2000s. Only then did Berninger quit his advertising job. The band hit the big time with 2007’s Boxer, a classic urban Americana record. After touring 2013 ...
VIDEO: The National Perform 'Day I Die' on LATE SHOW
  –  September 8, 2017
On last night's LATE SHOW, music guest and indie rock band The National Perform 'Day I Die' off their album 'Sleep Well Beast.' Check out the appearance below! A multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist and comedian, Colbert is well ...
Stream The National's new album Sleep Well Beast
  –  September 8, 2017
The day has arrived: The National have released the follow-up to 2013's Trouble ... You can stream it now below via Apple Music. This is what we thought of the album: "Sleep Well Beast evinces the band puttering and probing uncharted styles, but it also ...
After success, The National explores new dark paths
  –  September 8, 2017
The National, while enjoying critical acclaim early on ... We wanted to find a new energy," Dessner said. - Sad music for dark times - Berninger's dark baritone sets the tone on songs such as "Day I Die," the 46-year-old's grim look ahead in life, and ...
‘Things Get Better, Once The Bone Heals’: The National On Break Ups, Break Downs & Glueing Things Back Together
  –  September 8, 2017
It’s like somebody who gets a haircut and they can’t believe nobody notices.” Typically, much of The National’s music is generated by the Dessner twins with Berninger as lyricist. The exchanges can be fractious. But, with Sleep Well Beast ...
Tori Amos, The National, & Death From Above Dig Deep In Top Albums Of The Week - September 8
  –  September 7, 2017
School is back in session, and music lovers received a ton of homework this first ... delivering one of her most affective records in years. After a four year wait, The National furnished listeners with a roaring beast of new material that already has ...
Music Reviews: Sept., 4, 2017: The National, Neil Young, Pierre Kwenders and Angela Kelman
  –  September 7, 2017
The National: Sleep Well Beast (4AD): It says something about how long it takes to fully digest an album from the National that the four-year break between this new release and the lauded Trouble Will Find Me seems far shorter. Of course, members have been ...
The National, Bon Iver, Cillian Murphy, and Enda Walsh in Cork with no safety net
  –  September 7, 2017
Two years later and that initial two-and-a-half-hour conversation with The National’s Bryce Dessner in a hotel in ... live performance and corporate interests weren’t dictating the music on stage. Instead, the musicians operated in a spirit of loose ...
Review: The National captures Trump-era anxieties on meditative 'Sleep Well Beast'
  –  September 7, 2017
In a year that's mostly underwhelmed in the arena of politically charged music, the brooding ... It could also be a metaphor for the middle-aged members of The National, who on their sonically expansive seventh outing, have come roaring back with ...
The National: Sleep Well Beast review – ennui and elegance in scenes from a marriage
  –  September 7, 2017
a song that feels kaleidoscopic and in contrast to the National’s more usual tendency to shade their music in monochrome, momentarily shifting the mood away from claustrophobic gloom. The latter crams a lot into four minutes – twinkling synthesisers ...
The National Gives Its Sound a Jolt on ‘Sleep Well Beast’
  –  September 7, 2017
But like its peers, the National already had its own ethos. Even its earliest songs found a somber sweet spot amid loss, self-doubt, disillusionment and fading but obsessive romance. Its music flaunted an appreciation for the steady-state post-punk of New ...
Everything You Need To Know About The National Folk Festival
  –  September 7, 2017
It's finally here! The National Folk Festival kicks-off Friday night in Greensboro. Organizers are expecting more than 140,000 people to come out and enjoy the music, performances, and food. The festival takes place September 8 - 10. This year marks the ...
The National's Matt Berninger reveals the 'soul changer' on the band's new album
  –  September 7, 2017
One of the most anticipated albums to be released recently is from Cincinnati, Ohio's the National. For over a decade they've distinguished themselves from their contemporaries with their intricate and despairing music, paired neatly with lead singer Matt ...
The National’s Matt Berninger wrote songs with his wife about failing marriage to keep them together
  –  September 6, 2017
Sleep Well Beast (Inertia) out tomorrow. SEE: The National perform at the Sydney Opera House forecourt on February 21 and 22, Brisbane Riverstage, February 27 and Sidney Myer Music Bowl, March 1
Sleep Well Beast (Review) — The National
  –  September 6, 2017
Liking The National has somehow become a parody of itself—a bunch of white dudes that make sad music about loneliness and growing up somehow seems so... predictable, and, frankly, pointless during a Trump administration. For instance, if I were to tell ...
The National Get Political on 'Sleep Well Beast'
  –  September 6, 2017
The National have garnered a reputation for creating soundtracks ... And reaching out to the people that you can, getting involved in whatever sort of actionable thing you can do." Music can be that deliberate action, but Berninger doesn't think a song ...
Matt Berninger returns with The National at Union Transfer
  –  September 6, 2017
The National's Matt Berninger formed EL VY and released the album ... Every single show is different for one reason or another." When Burning isn't making music, he focuses on his family. "As much as I love creating songs and playing them live, there ...
First Listen Live: The National, 'Sleep Well Beast'
  –  August 30, 2017
It's been four years since The National released an album — and it has been working ... which WXPN's World Cafe and NPR Music will co-present from Union Transfer in Philadelphia.
New Music: The National, Wolf Parade, Matthew Dear + Tegan and Sara, Deradoorian
  –  August 30, 2017
The National are releasing their great new album, Sleep Well Beast, on September 8. Before today they had shared three tracks: “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”, “Guilty Party”, and “Carin at the Liquor Store”. Here’s a fourth ...
The National Premiere "Day I Die" Music Video
  –  August 29, 2017
New York rockers The National have premiered the strange music video for their new song, "Day I Die." The video, directed by Casey Reas, is a collection of time-lapse photographs taken at the band’s soundcheck prior to their performance at Le Centquatre ...

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