Wednesday, May 22nd: The National
Formed in Ohio in 1999, indie rock stalwarts The National emerged from Brooklyn in the early 2000s amidst a garage rock revival that included bands like the Strokes, the Walkmen, and, in the U.K., the Libertines, they distinguished themselves by drawing from a wider set of influences.
Merging elements of alternative country-rock, Americana, and chamber pop as well as post-punk into their moody, crafted indie rock, their earliest albums on their own Brassland Records label won a dedicated fan base and critical praise before they made an impact on the charts with their commercial breakthrough album “Boxer” in 2007 which was released through Beggars Banquet.
After signing with 4AD for their 5th album, High Violet in 2010, the band continued to embrace a more cinematic sound.
They have remained a top touring and recording act throughout the decade which included the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album for 2017’s “Sleep Well Beast”.
Four of the band's albums were included on NME's 2013 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Their latest offering (and eighth studio album) “I Am Easy To Find” was released this month and was added to the WYCE Music Library.