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via NME

Berninger said: “It’s a record about getting older, and all the fascinations and the headaches that go with that. But it’s not grim, honestly! It’s actually pretty fun. You go to sleep knowing you’re on a coach that has to get from France to Germany in 10 hours and you wonder, ‘What if I never wake up? I have a daughter. What’ll happen to her if something happens to me?'”

He describes the sound as influenced by the “big, visceral rock sounds” of Roy Orbison, Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan.”

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The band debuted three songs in Berlin on Thursday: “Heavenfaced”, “Fireproof”, and “Graceless”.  Watch them below:

Heavenfaced:

 

Fireproof:

 

Graceless:

Here are the older songs, which will also appear on the band’s sixth album:

I Should Live in Salt:

 

Humiliation:

 

I Need My Girl:

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The National will release their new album, Trouble Will Find Me, on May 21st.

The band collaborated with many talented musicians for this record, including Sufjan Stevens (drum machine and synths), St. Vincent’s Annie Clark (vocals), Sharon Van Etten (vocals) as well as Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, Doveman, and Nona Marie Invie from Dark Dark Dark. Richard Reed Parry contributed to High Violet (double bass, electric guitar, piano, vocals, backing vocal arrangements on “Conversation 16”).

Trouble Will Find Me was self-produced by the band and recorded at Clubhouse Studios in New York. Matt Berninger described the album as follows:

For the past 10 years we’d been chasing something, wanting to prove something. And this chase was about trying to disprove our own insecurities. After touring High Violet, I think we felt like we’d finally gotten there. Now we could relax – not in terms of our own expectations but we didn’t have to prove our identity any longer.”

Aaron Dessner added: “our ideas would immediately click with each other. It’s free-wheeling again. The songs on one level are our most complex, and on another they’re our most simple and human. It just feels like we’ve embraced the chemistry we have.”

Bryan Devendorf noted that three album tracks, “I Should Live In Salt”, “Humiliation”, and “Graceless”, were all previously debuted live under different titles.

Trouble Will Find Me Tracklist:
01. I Should Live in Salt
02. Demons
03. Don’t Swallow the Cap
04. Fireproof
05. Sea of Love
06. Heavenfaced
07. This is the Last Time
08. Graceless
09. Slipped
10. I Need My Girl
11. Humiliation
12. Pink Rabbits
13. Hard to Find

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The film, called Mistaken For Strangers, was directed by Matt Berninger’s brother, Tom Berninger. It will premiere in New York at the Tribeca Film Festival April 17. A live performance by The National will follow.

“We’re really happy to premiere this movie at Tribeca, as New York has been home to us for these past 15 years,” Matt Berninger said. “I was happy to give my brother whatever access he needed. I just didn’t expect this movie to include shower scenes.”

Tom Berninger added: “When my brother asked me along on tour as a roadie, I thought I might as well bring a camera to film the experience. What started as a pretty modest tour documentary has, over the last two and a half years, grown into something much more personal, and hopefully more entertaining.”

tnThe National have confirmed that their new album with be released in May.

They are also touring with Dirty Projectors. You can find tour dates for each band below

The National 2013 Tour Dates:
05/16 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theater
06/05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
06/06 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion ^
06/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts ^
06/08 – Richmond, VA @ The National
06/10 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre ^
06/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE ^
06/13 – Montreal, QC @ Lachine Canal
06/14 – Toronto, ON @ Yonge Dundas Square
06/15 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
06/13-16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/21-23 – Scheessel, Germany @ Hurricane Festival
06/21-23 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, DE @ Southside Festival
06/25 – Brussels, BE @ Cirque Royal
06/28 – Cork, IR @ Live at the Marquee
06/30 – Rome, IT @Parco Della Musica
07/01 – Milan, IT @ City Sound Festival
07/02 – Zagreb, CR @ Salata
07/14 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Festival

* = w/ Youth Lagoon
^ = w/ Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors 2013 Tour Dates:
04/19 – Portsmouth, NH @ Portsmouth Singer-Songwriter Festival
04/20 – Providence, RI @ Brown University
05/10 – Napa, CA @ Bottle Rock Festival
05/19 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival
05/24-27 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Festival
06/06 – Columbia MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *
06/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts *
06/08-09 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball
06/10 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre *
06/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE *
06/12 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
06/13 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (two shows)
06/14-16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo

* = w/ The National

No Chicago dates for TN so far 😦 I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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On June 5th, The National will play at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which can fit 17,000 people. Youth Lagoon will open.

You can grab tickets starting Friday, January 18th at 11:00 am local time at Ticketmaster.

“Lola”:

“Sullivan” (ft. Nico Muhly):

“Prime”: