The National Braces for ‘Trouble’

Posted on: March 26th, 2013 at 11:03 am by

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Ever since The National teased via their official Twitter last month that a new album would indeed be coming this year, we’ve been anxiously awaiting more details. This spring couldn’t get any better, as Trouble Will Find Me will be here this May. Huzzah!

The 13-song set, out on 4AD on May 21, marks the band’s sixth studio effort and their long-awaited follow-up to the sonically flawless High Violet. For super fans, the album will drop in digital format as well as on 180-gram vinyl, plus a deluxe boxed vinyl version will be available.

Of the new material — which was recorded at Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY and self-produced by the Brooklyn-based five piece and mixed by Craig Silvey, Peter Katis and Marcus Paquin — singer Matt Berninger sounds pretty content and confident about what the band has achieved this time around.

“For the past ten years we’d been chasing something, wanting to prove something,” he said in a statement. “And this chase was about trying to disprove our own insecurities. After touring High Violet, I think we felt like we’d finally gotten there. Now we could relax—not in terms of our own expectations but we didn’t have to prove our identity any longer.”

Guitarist/keyboardist Aaron Dessner adds, “The songs on one level are our most complex, and on another they’re our most simple and human. It just feels like we’ve embraced the chemistry we have.”

More National awesomeness continues this spring with a new documentary entitled Mistaken For Strangers. The film kicks off this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, and turns a spotlight on The National’s biggest tour to date. Directed by Matt’s little brother, Tom (who loves heavy metal and horror movies), it also gives a glimpse into the world of two brothers and their different creative outlets.

The National hits the road in support of Trouble Will Find Me this spring. Catch ’em at the Barclays Center on June 5.

Trouble Will Find Me tracklisting:
1. I Should Live In Salt
2. Demons
3. Don’t Swallow the Cap
4. Fireproof
5. Sea of Love
6. Heaenfaced
7. This Is the Last Time
8. Graceless
9. Slipped
10. I Need My Girl
11. Humiliation
12. Pink Rabbits
13. Hard to Find

Check out “I Should Live In Salt” from their 2012 performance at All Tomorrow’s Parties in Camber Sands Holiday Camp, UK.

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