The National Brings Tour to Bill Graham Civic

The National is an American indie rock band formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1999. The band consists of Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott Devendorf (bass), and Bryan Devendorf (drums). The band’s music is characterized by Berninger’s distinctive baritone voice, introspective lyrics, and a sound that blends elements of post-punk, alt-rock, and indie rock. The National’s music often features complex arrangements, including intricate guitar work and orchestral instrumentation.

The National’s breakthrough album was their fourth LP, “Boxer,” released in 2007. The album was widely acclaimed for its sophisticated songwriting and atmospheric soundscapes. The band’s subsequent releases, including “High Violet” (2010) and “Trouble Will Find Me” (2013), continued to earn critical praise and a dedicated fanbase. The National’s music often explores themes of melancholy, love, and identity, with Berninger’s lyrics drawing on his own personal experiences and struggles. Despite their emotional intensity, The National’s music also features moments of beauty and hope, making them a band that resonates deeply with many listeners.


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