Archive for October, 2012

According to NME:

Matt Berninger was rightfully upset when Ohio University Students For Romney used ‘The National’s Fake Empire’   in a Romney video ad. The National have supported President Obama for years, and continue to do so (and even receive hate mail for doing so). The video has since been made “private.”

Matt posted a comment on the video saying:

“Our music was used without our permission in this ad. The song you’re using was written about the same backward, con game policies Romney is proposing. We encourage all students to educate themselves about the differences between the inclusive, pro-social, compassionate, forward-thinking policies of President Obama and the self-serving politics of the neo-conservative movement and Mitt Romney. Every single person involved in the creation of the music you’re using is voting for President Obama.”

On a related note, Romney supports a Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage, while The National are playing Freedom to Love Now!, a pro-LGBT concert, on October 30 and tickets are still available HERE.


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Watch Matt sing the Pixies’ classic below:

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Aaron Dessner said the band has received  “hate mail on Facebook” for supporting Obama. Regardless, The National’s support for Obama has not wavered.

Matt Berninger said:

“This is more important than a rock band. I know we’ve gotten responses from people (who) don’t like the fact that we’ve taken a position on it, and I don’t actually think artists or musicians necessarily have a responsibility to do that. But in our case, the five of us … talked about it and we were like, ‘Yeah, it’s worth it, for sure.’”

read the entire Berninger interview at The Lantern

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