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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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Via COS

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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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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New music soon? Let’s hope so.

 

pictures via TN”s twitter

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Matt Berninger is not confident about his band’s shot at an Oscar.

The National has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Think You Can Wait” (included in the film Win Win), but Matt thinks that they will “probably lose to a Muppets song [and] there’s no shame in that”.

He told Rolling Stone: “If we are in fact nominated that would be a blast, but none of us are crossing our fingers on that. Win Win was just a really fun project to work on. Tom McCarthy asked us to write a song for the end of the film. The whole thing was just a really good experience. So yeah, if it gets any more recognition, that would be just icing.”

About the new album, he says: “We’re just kind of building a bunch of little sketches of ideas, just kind of stocking them up. It’s a long, slow process, and that process has begun. But as far as any sort of idea as to when that process will end, we have no idea. Not for quite some time.”

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The band played these gems for Toronto’s Q1 LIVE. I love the direction the band is taking, but I want more! Listen and download below:

The National – Rylan [mp3]

The National – I Need My Girl [mp3]

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