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Cincinnati, Ohio, USA (1999 – present)

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.


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  • Forlong

    EL VY - Matt's side-project with Ramona Falls' / ex-Menomena's Brent Knopf:

    Yesterday 4:45pm Reply
  • juanfmonc

    This picture ( is inspired by I should live in salt. You may like it :)

    3 Aug 2:02am Reply
  • buildabonfire

    I need my girl

    28 Jul 1:17am Reply
  • stateofgrace9


    27 Jul 8:47am Reply
  • matheus_rc01

    trouble will find and high violet are the most brilliant albums

    22 Jul 7:48am Reply
  • Prognoz_

    What an amazing revelation when this band finally clicked with me on Alligator.

    6 Jul 8:52pm Reply
  • Fleurs_du_LA

    jetzt hab ichs! nach jedem kuku u hören wird man um 1 1druck reicher

    6 Jul 2:51pm Reply
  • skyeyes85

    норм валят!

    6 Jul 9:49am Reply
  • DarkKirk

    Лучшее что я слышал за последние лет семь, замечательная группа.

    4 Jul 10:24pm Reply
  • Sergeant1705

    I need new song, album, something!

    3 Jul 11:04pm Reply
  • MarkoB87

    There's almost a picturesque quality to their music.

    3 Jul 4:31pm Reply
  • andreaesc

    Not sure if what bothers me the most bout this band is their awful music or their poorly written/cheesy lyrics. [2]

    30 Jun 9:03pm Reply
  • CravinadeLau

    Eu gostaria de album novo, The National, se não for pedir demais... <3

    28 Jun 10:51pm Reply
  • BonGoogy

    Does someone have a walkthrough to how to stop listening to The National? I like other bands too, Matt. For fuck sake. [5]

    25 Jun 10:36am Reply
  • CravinadeLau

    Donos da minha vida

    23 Jun 10:54pm Reply
  • vunderbejb

    Does someone have a walkthrough to how to stop listening to The National? I like other bands too, Matt. For fuck sake. [4]

    17 Jun 8:28am Reply
  • vunderbejb

    but you will learn to mind me and you will learn to survive me. <3

    17 Jun 8:27am Reply
  • stateofgrace9

    @XDRory if you don't like their songs now, come back to them after a while, they'll grow into you

    13 Jun 8:26pm Reply
  • Re-create

    You should. There really isn't a better band.

    12 Jun 2:53pm Reply
  • XDRory keeps recommending them to me but I've tried multiple times to get into them in the past and couldn't. Should I pursue it further?

    9 Jun 8:28pm Reply
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