About the Artist
The National treat rock music as a salve. For over two decades, they’ve crafted songs that set out to navigate a hurting world, creating a space where dispirited souls can unite and raise a toast to another day. In that time, they’ve grown a lot as artists and songwriters, evolving from an underdog indie outfit into one of the most adventurous and influential bands of our time, with an impact that’s reverberated through the worlds of alternative rock, avant- garde classical composition, and even Top 40 pop (not to mention the campaign of at least one former president).
Remarkably, The National survived the rollercoaster ride from dive bars to festival-headliner slots with their original lineup intact. They’re a band of brothers in the figurative and literal sense, with enigmatic yet charismatic lead singer, Matt Berninger flanked by: Aaron and Bryce Dessner, the gifted multi-instrumentalists who provide dreamy texture and cinematic sweep; and Scott and Bryan Devendorf, the telepathic rhythm section that drives the songs to their dramatic peaks. Though they all hail from Cincinnati, The National officially came together in Brooklyn in 1999, just as the borough was becoming the new epicenter for underground rock. Compared to the then-fashionable, post-punk...