Formed in 1999, the Ohio-raised, Brooklyn-based band consists of vocalist Matt Berninger plus two pairs of brothers: Aaron Dessner (guitar, bass, piano) and Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Scott Devendorf (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums). Early albums The National and Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers preceded their signing to Beggars Banquet in 2004. Alligator (2005), including 'Mr. November' and 'Daughters Of The Soho Riots', raised their profile as the band grew into a compelling and incendiary live proposition. Boxer (2007), featuring songs like 'Fake Empire', 'Mistaken For Strangers' and 'Start A War', sold over three times as many copies as its predecessor and saw them gracing the likes of the Letterman show and touring with REM. Barack Obama later used 'Fake Empire' in his election campaign, on the soundtrack to the promotional video Signs Of Hope And Change.
Since going the distance with Boxer, which along with Alligator has made countless ‚Äúalbum of the decade‚ÄĚ lists, The National have been, in the main, very busy. Aaron and Bryce produced Dark Was The Night. ‚ÄúThat was a real undertaking,‚ÄĚ says Aaron. The 31-track album to benefit the Red Hot Organization featured contributions from Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer, and many others. It has so far raised close to $1,000,000. This allowed Red Hot to make donations to many AIDS charities, including an emergency grant of $150,000 to Partners In Health in Haiti, right after the earthquake. The Dessners also produced a sold-out concert for Dark Was The Night at Radio City Music Hall, at which The National performed as well as acts like David Byrne, Dirty Projectors, Feist and Bon Iver.
Trouble Will Find Me is The National's sixth album, and has been released to huge critical and commercial success, cemented by the band's celebrated live show.
The National will feature as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend.
The show will be hosted by Lena Dunham, and marks the band's debut appearance on the show. You can watch the promo for the episode below. It features as part of the band's ongoing international tour around GRAMMY-nominated Trouble Will Find Me, which has seen the band perform at Sydney Opera House and throughout Asia over the past couple of weeks...
Today, Revolt TV debut the music video for The National’s single, I Need My Girl'.
Revolt TV’s In Harms Way premiered the video early this morning (14th February). Last week on iTunes, The National released the single, which came with a b-side cover of the Perfume Genius song 'Learning'. The 'I Need My Girl' video was directed by Sophia Peer, and is now available to watch below or on the band's YouTube channel...