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How Sleep Deprivation Helped The National Refine Their Music on "Trouble Will Find Me"

June 17, 2013 - The rise of the career of The Brooklyn based band The National has been slow and steady. Critical kudos begat bigger crowds and sales. But each of the band’s albums have also showed increasing awareness of their strengths as well. In this session we hear how sleep deprivation lead the band to more straightforward songs.

Singer Matt Berninger along with brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner and the rhythm section of Bryan and Scott Devendorf have recently been involved in a couple of other projects we’ll hear about also: Playing their song "Sorrow" from their breakthrough album High Violet for six hours straight (they played it 108 times says Matt) and being a part of Matt’s brother Tom’s film Mistaken For Strangers which opened the Tribeca Film Festival this year.

Check out the photos from their recent show in Philly on TheKey.XPN.org. And, read Mike Vasilikos' review of "Trouble Will Find Me", an XPN Featured Album of the Week.

This session originally aired May 21, 2013.

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Recent Release: Trouble Will Find Me
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Label: 4AD Records