The National have ’30 sketches’ of songs as they begin writing new album

Matt Berninger talks to NME about band's seventh album plus new project El Vy

The National have begun writing their next album and have ideas for 30 new songs, frontman Matt Berninger says.

The US band released their last album, ‘Trouble Will Find Me’, in 2013. Berninger recently announced new band El Vy, a collaboration with former Menomena musician Brent Knopf; however, he is also writing for the next National record.

Speaking to NME, Berninger revealed the progress he and his National bandmates have made on their seventh record.

“We did a camp-out retreat in New York a couple of months ago, and we’re having another one in LA in a few weeks. We have 30 sketches of songs so far,” he said.

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SEE MORE: Matt Berninger On New Project El Vy And The National’s upcoming seventh album.

The band’s Aaron Dessner has been temporarily naming the nascent tracks after towns in upstate New York. “Before, he’s named them after things like civil wars. All the songs that turned into ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ were named after children of our friends.”

El Vy will release their debut album ‘Return To The Moon’ later this year via 4AD and have already shared a song, ‘Return To The Moon (Political Song For Didi Bloome To Sing, With Crescendo)’. They have also announced a number of tour dates for later this year, including stops in the UK and Ireland this December.

El Vy will play:

London Electric Ballroom (December 10)
Manchester Gorilla (12)
Dublin Whelan’s (13)

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