In 1999 Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Scott and Bryan Devendorff and Matt Berninger formed The National. It’s been 15 years since the five guys decided to move from Ohio to New York City, and The National seem to keep getting better and better. Their sixth full-length studio album from 2013, ‘Trouble Will Find Me’, is in this author’s point of view their greatest album so far, and the greatest album of 2013.
The National started in 1999 in Ohio. Their debut album, ‘The National’, was released in 2001, but it was with their fourth album, ‘Boxer’, which included breakthrough hit and hymn among fans, Fake Empire, that The National came out to a bigger audience. In 2010 the band released ‘High Violet’, which became an even bigger success and included some of their finest songs to date: Bloodbuzz Ohio, England, Vanderlyle Cry Baby Geeks, Runaway and Terrible Love. The National’s latest album, ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ was released in 2013 and is in this author’s opinion the bands best album to date! The band seems to be stronger than ever, and the fact that The National is a band that keeps getting better and better, step by step, is a very healthy thing for a band.
The National’s music and frontman Matt Berninger’s lyrics have always come out of the feelings of melancholy and love. They have often been compared with Bon Iver, The Smiths and even U2 because of their instrumental minimalism and their joy of experimenting with the instruments. Also Matt Berningers passionate live performances and his way of communicating his words and lyrics into the crowd, reminds people of Morrisey (but without being so god damn cocky!).
When The National enters the Blue Stage at NorthSide Festival 2014 on Friday 01.00 am, they will for sure bring songs in world-class and big tensions to the crowd. The band has a great history with Denmark with concerts at Roskilde Festival, Smukfest, SCC in Aarhus and Forum in Copenhagen.
The National really is one of the greatest bands in the world right now, so don’t miss out on this concert.