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The National
The National

Background information
Origin Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Genre(s) Post-punk Revival
Indie Rock
Years active 1999—present
Label(s) 4AD
Beggars Banquet Records
Brassland Records
Associated acts Sufjan Stevens
Website Website
Matt Berninger
Aaron Dessner
Bryce Dessner
Bryan Devendorf
Scott Devendorf

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The National is a rock band formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1999 that is currently based out of Brooklyn, New York. The band's lyrics are written and sung by Matt Berninger, a 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 keyboards, Bryce plays guitar and keyboards, 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.

High Violet (2010) Boxer (2007) Alligator (2005) Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers (2003) The National (2001)

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The National, Paolo Nutini, Suede To Play Latitude Festival 2011

March 15, 2011
The National, Paolo Nutini and Suede will headline this year’s Latitude festival in Suffolk, it’s been announced. Other acts on the line-up include Foals, Bright Eyes and comedian Dave Gorman.  Read more 

The National Joined By Arcade Fire At Second London Gig

November 30, 2010
The National were joined by Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry as they continued their residency at London's Brixton Academy tonight (November 30). The multi-instrumentalist, in town for the Montreal band's own arena shows this week, made a number of unassuming appearances throughout the show, including on ‘Anyone’s Ghost’ and 'Sorrow'.  Read more 

The National Announce Expanded Edition Of 'High Violet'

September 28, 2010
The National are set to re-issue their recent album 'High Violet' as a special expanded edition. The two-disc release will include the original eleven-track LP, as well as a bonus disc of unreleased songs and B-sides.  Read more 

The National Extend Winter UK Tour With New London Date

May 17, 2010
The National have extended their forthcoming UK tour with an additional date in London. The band will now play Brixton Academy on December 1, as well as the previously announced date on November 30.  Read more 

The National Announce Winter UK Tour

May 11, 2010
The National have announced details of a UK tour, which gets underway in Bristol on November 24. The US band, whose new album ‘High Violet’ was released this week, will also play gigs in Coventry (November 25) and Glasgow (26).  Read more 

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