The National

The National

The National Quick Links

News Pictures Video Music Footage Press Festival Quotes RSS

Biography

The National (formed 1999) The National are an American indie rock band formed in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2014, their album 'Trouble Will Fine Me' was nominated for a Grammy Award for best alternative album.

Formation: Matt Berninger and Scott Devendorf met at the University of Cincinnati, before also meeting Mike Brewer, Casey Reas and Jeff Salem. They formed a band together as the band Nancy, named after Berniger's mother. Despite being together as a band for five years, they only released one album: Ruther 3429.

After that, Berninger, Brewer, Reas and Salem moved to Brooklyn, ending the band. Scott Devendorf's brother, Bryan, had been in a number of bands with Bryce and Aaron Dessner. Berninger, the Devendorfs and the Dessners joined together to form 'The National' in 1999. The National: Career On 30th October, 2001, The National released their self-titled debut album. Their second album was released two years later on 2nd September 2003, entitled 'Sad Song for Dirty Lovers'. The National followed up with the 'Cheery Tree' EP on 20th July 2004.

After gaining success from the two albums and their EP, the members of The National who still had full-time jobs, quit them in order to focus on the band. The band signed with a new record label, Beggars Banquet Records, and got to work on their next album. On 12th April, 2005, they released 'Alligator' which went on to receive rave reviews from critics.

The band were then asked to take part in various concerts and festivals due to their successful third album. 'Boxer', the fourth studio album from The National, was released on 22nd May, 2007. On 20th May 2008, The National simultaneously released 'The Virginia' EP along with a documentary about themselves entitled 'A Skin, A Night'. Aaron and Bryce Dessner then worked on 'Dark Was the Night', a compilation album by various artists made to raise funds to fight AIDS and HIV.

The National released their fifth studio album, 'High Violet', on 10th May 2010. 'Trouble Will Find Me' was released on 17th May 2013 to tremendous critical acclaim and a nomination for Best Alternative Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

20th Anniversary of The National Urban Technology Center Gala Awards

Andrea Dubois and Maurice Dubois - 20th Anniversary of The National Urban Technology Center Gala Awards Dinner held at Gotham Hall at Gotham Hall - New York, New York, United States - Wednesday 17th June 2015

The National, Andrea Dubois and Maurice Dubois
The National and Flaviana Matata
The National and Flaviana Matata
The National and Flaviana Matata
The National and Flaviana Matata

The National Television Awards (NTA's)

Stephen Mulhern - The National Television Awards (NTA's) 2015 held at the O2 - Arrivals at The National Television Awards - London - Wednesday 21st January 2015

The National and Anita Kaushik
The National and Anita Kaushik
The National and Anita Kaushik
The National and Jess Impiazzi
The National and Jess Impiazzi

Brian O'Driscoll leaving The National Maternity Hospital

Brian O'Driscoll - New dad Brian O'Driscoll leaving The National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street with a big bunch of flowers after his wife, Amy Huberman, gave birth to their second child, a son named Billy, yesterday (20Nov14) - Dublin, Ireland - Friday 21st November 2014

The National and Brian O'Driscoll
The National and Brian O'Driscoll

Dancing In Denver! Budweiser Made In America Explore Colorado's Exciting Music Scene


The Apples In Stereo Tyler The Creator DeVotchKa Tennis Jay Z Imagine Dragons John Mayer Steve Aoki Juanes Afrojack Kendrick Lamar Rise Against ZZ Ward Rita Ora Chance the Rapper Cypress Hill Kanye West Kings Of Leon Tiesto The National Pharrell Williams Holy Ghost! Bleachers Awolnation The Neighbourhood

Budweiser Made in America
Budweiser Made in America

We explore the diverse Denver music scene as Budweiser unveil the latest in their series of documentaries ahead of the fast-approaching Budweiser Made in America festival.

When Jay-Z embarked on his Budweiser Made in America project, the ethos he wanted to represent was simple; bringing together bands and artists of all genres to celebrate the rich variation that has become the US musical community. And where better to enjoy this multi-genre theme than Denver, Colorado, home to the likes of everyone from gentle folk rock crooners The Lumineers to industrial Goth collective Velvet Acid Christ?

Continue reading: Dancing In Denver! Budweiser Made In America Explore Colorado's Exciting Music Scene

Iggy Azalea Set To Perform At Jay-Z's Made In America Festival, Joining The Likes Of Kanye West and John Mayer


Iggy Azalea Kanye West Rita Ora Steve Aoki Kings Of Leon Pharrell Williams Tiesto The National

Iggy Azalea will be joining the likes of Kanye West, Rita Ora, Kings Of Leon and John Mayer at the Made in America Festival at the end of August. The festival, produced by Jay-Z, will celebrate its third anniversary in Philadelphia and the first time it has also been held in Los Angeles over the last weekend in August. 

Iggy Azalea
Iggy Azalea will appear at the Made in America Festival at the end of August.

Read More: Iggy Azalea Joined By Rita Ora For 'Black Widow' At Wireless 2014.

Continue reading: Iggy Azalea Set To Perform At Jay-Z's Made In America Festival, Joining The Likes Of Kanye West and John Mayer

Made In Minnesota: Budweiser Made in America Documents The Best City Music Of The States


Jay Z Kanye West Kings Of Leon The National Pharrell Williams J. Cole Bleachers Grimes Mayer Hawthorne Baauer Imagine Dragons John Mayer Steve Aoki Kendrick Lamar Weezer Cypress Hill Rita Ora Tiesto Babes In Toyland The Hold Steady Prince

Budweiser Made In America Press Conference at Los Angeles City Hall
Budweiser Made In America Press Conference at Los Angeles City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California - Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Budweiser

Budweiser Made in America festival is on its way and, to celebrate, the beer brand unveil a series of music documentaries in different States: this week we explore Minnesota!

Being such a huge part of the world, America has always borne a massively diverse music ethos. In almost every part of the country you can come across a different musical culture and it's with this idea in mind that world famous rap star Jay-Z decided to create Budweiser Made in America festival. It's sole purpose is to bring together a choice selection of both up-and-coming and well-established artists spanning all genres including rock, hip hop, R&B, electronic, punk... the list goes on.

Continue reading: Made In Minnesota: Budweiser Made in America Documents The Best City Music Of The States

Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park - Day 6 - Performances

The National and Matt Berninger - Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park - Day 6 - Performances - The National - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 12th July 2014

The National and Bryce Dessner
The National and Matt Berninger
The National and Matt Berninger
The National and Matt Berninger
The National and Matt Berninger

'Mistaken For Strangers': A Tale of Two Brothers Living in Different Lemonworlds [Trailer]


Matt Berninger The National

‘Mistaken For Strangers’ is a documentary focussing on the brotherly relationship between renowned rock star Matt Berninger and his metal head brother Tom, who – according to the doc – is a bit of a layabout. When Matt offers his brother a job as a roadie on the band’s European tour, he didn’t realise Tom had designs on filming the whole thing. 

Mistaken for Strangers

So hilarity, tears, realisations and revelations soon followed as both Matt and Tom learn about each other on this – cliché warning – journey of discovery. Mistaken for Strangers has already been uttered in the same sentence as Spinal Tap a few times, so you really don’t need to take our work for it. 

Continue reading: 'Mistaken For Strangers': A Tale of Two Brothers Living in Different Lemonworlds [Trailer]

Mistaken For Strangers Trailer


Brooklyn-based indie rockers The National quickly rose to fame in 2010 with the release of 'High Violet'; their fifth studio album and their first release with 4AD records which shot to number three on the US Billboard 200 chart. Three years later they unveiled 'Trouble Will Find Me' which also peaked at number three and they have been selling out shows all around the world. The band are seen as a band of brothers, with guitarist siblings Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner, and bassist Scott Devendorf and drummer Bryan Devendorf. Singer Matt Berninger's brother has largely been left out of the spotlight - until now. 2010 saw them truly reach live stardom with their major US, UK and Europe tour which was largely sold out, and to make life on the road a little more interesting, Matt invited his metalhead brother Tom along for the ride - equipped, of course, with his trusty video camera.

'Mistaken For Strangers' is the result; a documentary directed by Tom Berninger in his filmmaking debut and full to bursting with interviews full of nonsensical questions, brotherly tension and self-discovery for our documentary-maker whose ambitions were initially doubted by his family. It's an emotional journey that earned Tom a nomination for a Free Spirit Award at the Warsaw International Film Festival. The movie is set to hit UK cinemas on June 27th 2014.

Click here to read Mistaken For Strangers movie review

Lena Dunham's 'SNL' Promo: Toplessness, To-Do Lists And Two Young Feminists [Video]


Lena Dunham Kate McKinnon The National

The promo clip has been released for the upcoming Lena Dunham-hosted Saturday Night Live, which will air this Saturday (8th March). In the usual SNL promo style, Dunham appears in multiple takes to announce that she'll be hosting the entertainment show with music provided by Brooklyn's The National.

Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham Will Host This Saturday's Episode Of 'SNL.'

The Girls writer appears in the comedy clip with SNL cast member Kate McKinnon but, unlike her character Hannah, this time it wasn't Dunham who was the butt of all the jokes. "I recently went on a Girls ride at a theme park," says McKinnon, her arm linked with Lena's. "Um, I don't think there is a Girls ride," replies an awkward-looking Lena.

Continue reading: Lena Dunham's 'SNL' Promo: Toplessness, To-Do Lists And Two Young Feminists [Video]

Lena Dunham To Host 'SNL' As The National Make Their Musical Debut


Lena Dunham The National Tina Fey Jim Parsons Beck

Lena Dunham will host the second episode of the new season of Saturday Night Live, which will be broadcast on the 8th March, according to Deadline. The Girls creator will be making her hosting debut on the comedy entertainment show during the same episode that Brooklyn rockers The National are set to also grace SNL for the first time.

Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham Will Host 'SNL' On The 8th March.

SNL has parodied Lena Dunham's HBO comedy before, in the memorable skit where Tina Fey plays a new girl from Albania in a send-up of the core characters' entitled lives. Now Lena will in turn make her mark on the show after having called the hilarious SNL parody of Girls "a true honor."

Continue reading: Lena Dunham To Host 'SNL' As The National Make Their Musical Debut

Jim Pusey's Top 10 Albums Of 2013


Sigur Ros Biffy Clyro My Bloody Valentine John Mayer Frightened Rabbit The National Vampire Weekend The Besnard Lakes Local Natives

Jim Pusey's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

It's been a year of truly brilliant sounds even if there may have been a few disappointments along the way. Take hip hop, for example: unlike 2012's records by Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, there was nothing that really demanded your attention. Yes, Kanye's album 'Yeezus' was technically brilliant, but it's a record I'm still struggling to digest properly. Similarly, Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta, Holy Grail' (which, in my opinion, is as good as West's effort) was less immediate than the likes of 'Blueprint 3', which means it's got somewhat lost in the public consciousness.

Both those records had an interesting release as well, materialising on shelves seemingly from nowhere. They're not the only ones either; My Bloody Valentine's 'mbv' appeared online out of the blue in February after a gestation period of 20 years. Equally, Mazzy Star, Boards of Canada, Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie made unexpected and impressive returns following long hiatuses. There were also some great reissues and live records; Rilo Kiley's 'Rkives' acted as the epitaph the band deserved, Bob Dylan repainted his self-portrait with the 'Bootleg Series' and revealed songs well worth revisiting, Steve Albini finally got to share his vision for Nirvana's 'In Utero', The Velvet Underground's 'White Light, White Heat' finally got the deluxe treatment it deserved following Lou Reed's sudden death and Neil Young presented what could well be his best live album to date with the 'Cellar Door' addition to his archives series.

Continue reading: Jim Pusey's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

Contactmusic.com's Top Albums Of 2013


Vampire Weekend Hookworms Justin Timberlake James Blake My Bloody Valentine Blood Orange Kurt Vile Daft Punk Arcade Fire Queens Of The Stone Age Joanna Gruesome Janelle Monae Nick Cave Chance the Rapper Haim Rhye Arctic Monkeys The National

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampire in the City

Vampire Weekend 'Modern Vampire in the City' - 'Modern Vampires in the City' makes it three for three for the New Yorkers and their latest release could very well be their best yet. It shows evolution for the band, but they have retained that essential quality that made 'Contra' and their self-titled debut such wonderfully upbeat and genuine pleasures to listen to each time. 'Modern Vampire in the City' is also the release that marks Vampire Weekend as a band that should be taken seriously, but one who you can still have immense fun with. 'Diane Young' is yet another indie floor filler, standing shoulder to shoulder with previous bangers 'A-Punk' and 'Cousins.' Where the album really excels, however, is when VW reach out to new quarters and sound completely inimitable. The yelps of 'Ya Hey' bring fun to a song that essentially deals with the theme of lost conviction, the graceful 'Hanna Hunt' erupts in the most complete song released this year and album opener 'Obvious Bicycle' sets the whole thing in motion with its refreshingly angelic melodies and steady, train-like clunks that lie beneath all the splendour. Vampire Weekend are no longer the Brooklyn minions rattling at the gates of eminence, the gates have been swung open for them and the welcoming committee should have made them feel rightly at home. 

Hookworms - Pearl Mystic

Continue reading: Contactmusic.com's Top Albums Of 2013

Neil Young To Play London Shows with The National. Permission to Drool.


Neil Young The National

Neil Young and Crazy Horse are teaming up with Brooklyn indie-rockers The National for a Barclaycard British Summer Time show at London's Hyde Park in July 2014.

Neil YoungNeil Young Is Heading to London's Hyde Park

The veteran Canadian singer-songwriter will headline the gig on July 12, with support provided by The National, Tom Odell, Caitlin Rose, Phosphorescent and Flyte. Tickets were will be on pre-sale for Barclaycard customers at 9am on December 11, while a further pre-sale will go ahead on December 12.  Tickets will be on general release from 9am on December 13. 

Continue reading: Neil Young To Play London Shows with The National. Permission to Drool.

The National

The National Quick Links

News Pictures Video Music Footage Press Festival Quotes RSS
Advertisement