The National are pleased to announce their 7th studio album - Sleep Well Beast - to be released on September 8th on 4AD. Sleep Well Beast was produced by member Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger. The album was mixed by Peter Katis and recorded at Aaron Dessners Hudson Valley, New York studio, Long Pond, with additional sessions having taken place in Berlin, Paris & Los Angeles.
Sleep Well Beast is available for pre-order today and will be available in CD, digital and double LP formats.
The National debuts the track The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness, in this Casey Reas directed video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O6duDDkhis&feature=youtu.bet
The National are a Brooklyn-based indie rock band formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1999. The band's lyrics are written and sung by Matt Berninger in a distinctive baritone. The rest of the band is composed of two pairs of brothers: Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Scott and Bryan Devendorf. Aaron plays guitar, bass and piano, Bryce plays guitar, Scott plays bass and guitar, and Bryan is the drummer. Padma Newsome, from sister band Clogs, often contributes strings, keyboards, and other arrangements and instrumental flourishes.
Their first album "The National" was released in 2001 on Brassland Records, a label founded by band members Aaron and Bryce Dessner, along with their friend Alec Hanley Bemis. The National's sophomore album "Sad Songs" for Dirty Lovers, released in 2003, was the band's first collaboration with record producer, Peter Katis, who would later also produce the band's critically acclaimed albums, "Alligator" and "Boxer." In 2004 the band quit their day jobs and signed to a new label, Beggars Banquet Records. Their first album on Beggars Banquet, "Alligator," was released in 2005 and has gone on to sell over 200,000 copies worldwide.
Their fourth album, "Boxer," was released on May 22, 2007, and features contributions from various guest artists, including Sufjan Stevens and Doveman (a.k.a. Thomas Bartlett). It was voted as the #2 best album of the year by Stereogum.com and the #1 album of the year by "Paste" magazine.
The band's fifth studio album "High Violet" was released on May 11, 2010. "High Violet" sold 51,000 copies in its first week of sales, charting at #3 on the Billboard 200 and has sold over 300,000 copies worldwide. This marks The National's highest charting effort yet.
Although formed during the post-punk revival of the late '90s, the National took inspiration from a wider set of influences, including country-rock, Americana, indie rock, and Britpop. The lineup began taking shape in Ohio and officially cemented itself in New York, with baritone vocalist Matt Berninger joining forces with two sets of brothers -- Scott (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums), and Aaron (guitar) and Bryce Dessner (guitar). After establishing themselves as a live act, the bandmates made their studio debut with The National, a self-titled record that appeared in 2001 to considerable acclaim. Two years later, the band returned with Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, a deft blending of alternative country and chamber pop that found the band partnering with producer Peter Katis.The National continued working with Katis throughout the rest of the decade. Following the release of an EP, Cherry Tree, in 2004, the band signed with Beggars Banquet and released Alligator. Although sales were modest, Alligator proved to be one of the year's most critically approved releases. 2007's Boxer, an ambitious effort that featured orchestration by the Clogs' Padma Newsome and piano by Sufjan Stevens, fared similarly well. It also became the band's first album to chart fairly well, peaking at number 67 on the Billboard 200.A documentary by French filmmaker Vincent Moon was released in 2008, capturing the band during the Boxer recording sessions. That same year, the National released The Virginia EP, a collection of new material and various B-sides, and began working on a new studio album with Katis. High Violet appeared two years later, earning the guys the highest marks of their career and going gold in multiple countries. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
Brooklyn based band, The National, is currently one of the most promising up-and-coming indie rock bands in the US. While achieving initial mainstream success with their 2005 album, Alligator, it is recent festival tour dates and critical praise for their latest album, High Violet, that has captured the attention of critics and audiences. The National is bound to receive even more attention after their festival appearances this summer, as well as 2011 tour dates in the US and Asia later this fall. Led by frontman Matt Beringer, The National is largely a family affair and features brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner, as well as Bryan and Scott Devendorf. Their 2005 album, Alligator, was praised by critics and was considered by many to be one of the top albums of the year; the album also allowed for The National's first ever sold-out tour dates. The Boxer also received similar acclaim, with the singles "Slow Show" and "Fake Empire" being used in many TV programs. However, it is The National's 2010 album, High Violet, that has had respected music critics applauding. It has also sparked a number of 2011 tour dates, with the band currently making their way through European music festivals in July and August. On September 6, The National will be embarking on a few US tour dates with Yo La Tengo and Wye Oak. On November 6, the band will perform two shows -- one in Singapore, the other in Tokyo -- before ending their 2011 tour dates on November 9. Tickets for all of The National's 2011 tour dates can be found on Eventsfy, so pick up yours today!