Following a critically acclaimed album is never an easy task but The National aim to do just that this spring. These indie rockers have a brand new studio album that is slated for release in May on independent record label, 4AD. Their last album High Violet was released in 2010 and it brought the band global and critical commercial success. During the same month that their forthcoming album releases, The National will begin their North American and European summer tour. The tour will make stops at the the live music wonderland also known as Bonnaroo and Cincinnati’s Bunbury music festival.
Formed in Cincinnati but based in Brooklyn, The National is made up of vocalist Matt Berninger and two pairs of brothers: Aaron (guitar, bass, piano) and Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Scott (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums). The band’s first full-lengths and EP paved the path to musical success and landed them a tour with The Walkmen. That same year, The National signed to Beggars Banquet, an English independent record label. Their 2007 album Boxer sold over three times as many copies as its predecessor and their 2010 album High Violet was released on 4AD and sold 300,000 copies in the US.
Aside from their music, frontman Berninger has produced a film that his brother Tom Berninger directed. Mistaken for Strangers follows the band on its biggest tour to date. While he considers himself a heavy metal and horror movie enthusiast, Tom Berninger puts his own spin on his experiences on tour with his brother. The world premiere of Mistaken for Strangers will open New York City’s 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express. A special performance from the band will follow the premiere on Wednesday, Apr. 17. The film depicts the story of two brothers, who are very different, that deliver an amusing story of artistic desire.