THE NATIONAL FACTS
Genre: Indie Rock
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Albums: The National (2001), Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (2003), Alligator (2005), Boxer (2007), High Violet (2010) and Trouble Will Find Me (2013).
Hits: "Demons," "About Today," "The Rains of Castamere," "Bloodbuzz Ohio," "Fake Empire," "Exile Vilify," "Start A War," "England," "Slow Show" and "Sorrow."
Other: The National decided on their name due to its benign and meaningless nature, as well as being devoid of any kind of interpretation.
Following in the footsteps of many great indie acts before them, The National has paid their dues with small-scale tours and shows at dreary night clubs to become one of the most popular and successful indie rock bands on tour today. The band consists of Matt Berninger on vocals, twin brothers and guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner, and brothers Bryan Devendorf on drums and Scott Devendorf on bass. The group got an early start in 1991 when Berninger and Scott Devendorf met at the University of Cincinnati, where they got together with a number of friends to form the band Nancy, but only released one album over five years. Soon after the group broke up in 1998, Berninger and Devendorf moved to Brooklyn, where the next stage of their music career got underway.
The Dessner brothers were childhood friends of Bryan Devendorf, so they quickly signed on to work with Scott and Matt on their new venture in 1999, which they dubbed The National. The group released their self-titled debut album in 2001, which was adored by fans and critics alike. Berninger's melancholic baritone and the group's soulful melodies helped fill a unique niche on the indie rock landscape, and appealed to a wide range of audiences. Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers followed in 2003, but it wasn't until the group's third album, Alligator, that they began getting major press from publications like NME and others that acclaimed the group's groundbreaking style.
Boxer and High Violet were some of the group's highest-charting records to date as the group increased its tour dates and found a loyal following with indie rock fans. After a three-year hiatus, The National will return with their fifth studio album, Trouble Will Find Me, in mid-2013 and they are expected to follow their latest release with a whirlwind world tour that will see them play major events like the Bonnaroo Music Festival and will conclude in Cincinnati, where it all started, for the Bunbury Festival.