quote wikipediaOfficial SiteThe National is a Brooklyn-based indie rock band formed in 1999, by friends from Cincinnati, Ohio.
Influences range from Tom Waits to U2. The band's morose, self-deprecating lyrics are written and sung by Matt Berninger in a distinctive, deep baritone. The rest of band comprises two pairs of brothers; Aaron & Bryce Dessner and Scott & Bryan Devendorf. Padma Newsome, from sister band, Clogs, often contributes strings, keyboards, and other arrangements and instrumental flourishes.
The band's early gimmick was that the members had all given up good jobs to work on the project, because several of the members had participated in New York's dot-com boom in the late 90s. However, this is rarely mentioned in more recent biographical materials.
Their first self-titled album The National was released in 2001 on Brassland Records, a label founded by band members Aaron and Bryce Dessner, along with their friend Alec Hanley Bemis. It was this album that really launched the band's career, as they had done few live shows before its release. It was followed two years later by another album, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers.
In 2005 the band quit their jobs and moved to a new label, Beggars Banquet Records, because the process of running their own label was becoming "too complicated" . Their first album on this label, Alligator, was met with much critical acclaim and featured highly in "Album of the Year" charts in the LA Times, Insound, Uncut, and many other publications . This album gave the band a lot more exposure, and many people mistakenly assumed that this was their debut release.
Their latest album, called Boxer, was released on May 22, 2007, and has also received a great deal of widespread critical praise . The album features contributions from various guest artists including Sufjan Stevens.
quote Al The KillerThe Antlers are the most similar band that come to mind. Them, Editors and Interpol.Man, "About Today" always mellows me out so much. Love the new album. Can anyone recommend any bands similar to these guys?
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