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One of the biggest successes to come out of the Brooklyn indie scene, The National, are releasing a new album titled, Trouble Will Find Me and is due out May 21st. The first song to surface was “Demons”, which is a melancholic art-rock tune about letting your demons get the best of you and allowing them to keep you down. Matt Berninger’s seemingly emotionless voice croons lyrics like, “It’s become the crux of me / I wish that I could rise above it” and “When I walk into a room / I do not light it up.” Their self-deprecating humor, witty lyrics and groovy melodies are sure to please fans, who have been patiently waiting a follow up to their album High Violet put out in 2010.
Yesterday, the band released a second song titled, “Don’t Swallow The Cup.” This track features a female on backing vocals, but it undisclosed who the mystery vocalist is. In an interview, drummer Bryan Devendorf said that Sharon Van Etten, Annie Clark and Nona Marie of Dark Dark Dark all took a part in singing on the album.
A documentary about The National, “Mistaken For Strangers”, directed by Tom Berninger (brother of the lead singer) is slated to open up the Tribeca Film Festival. The movie premiere will be followed by a live performance by the band. The film follows the lives of the band while on tour and documents the differences between the two brothers, one who is vocalist of a successful rock band and the other who is a struggling artist. The film was recorded on a dinky little hand-held camera that Tom focused more attention on than being a roadie, which was his main purpose on the tour.
Listen to the band’s latest single “Don’t Swallow the Cap” HERE.