The National is an American indie rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1999. Currently based in Brooklyn, the band consists of Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott Devendorf (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).
Founded by Berninger, Scott and Bryan Devendorf, and Aaron Dessner, The National released their self-titled debut album, The National (2001), on Brassland Records, an independent record label founded by Dessner and his twin brother, Bryce. Bryce Dessner, who had assisted in recording the album, soon joined as a full member, participating in the recording of its follow-up, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (2003).
In an interview published in November 2015, Berninger expressed the band’s desire to play their new songs in a live setting before recording them: “Over the summer of 2016 we’re going to do a lot of shows with the new stuff and then record the next National album.” On March 2, 2016, it was announced that the band were to Headline Latitude Festival of The UK.