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The National, an alternative rock band from Cincinatti, is most known for vocalist Matt Berninger’s recognizably baritone voice. Berninger and other band members, brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Scott and Brian Devendorf formed The National in 1999 and released their first album, The National, in 2001 on their own label, Brassland Records. This album was the start of their career as they had done very few live shows before its release.

In 2004, the band finally “quit their day-jobs” and signed to a new record where their album Alligator sold 75,000 copies, also listed in multiple magazines as a top album of the decade. 2007’s Boxer helped the band to gain a more widespread following with two tracks featured on primetime television, performances on Letterman and Ferguson, several music festival appearances and critically acclaimed reviews by numerous sources.

The National’s latest album, High Violet, was released May 11th and has been dubbed “cathartic, raw and reflective”, making for a passionate and lyrical listening experience. The band paced themselves according to their family lives after given the idea to build a studio of their own, providing less anxiety and more work space. While Berninger is responsible for writing most of the songs, he claims that High Violet has more of a communal feel, expressing messages from a plural and more cohesive perspective. The National is promoting the release of their latest album with the longest, most thorough world tour of their career so far, touring the US through May and June and bouncing between North America and Europe for the concluding span of their tour.