April 5, 2013 15:17

The National open up about death-inspired new album and announce UK shows The National Tickets

The band will release their sixth album 'Trouble Will Find Me' later this year

The National open up about death-inspired new album and announce UK shows

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The National have spoken about their new album 'Trouble Will Find Me', and announced a string of UK dates.

Speaking in this week's NME which is on newsstands now or available digitally, frontman Matt Berninger reveals that a preoccupation with death informed the band's new material. "It's a record about getting older, and all the fascinations and headaches that go with that," he said. "But it's not grim, honestly! It's actually pretty fun. Bands spend a lot of time in vans. You go to sleep knowing you're on a coach that has to get from France to Germany in 10 hours and you wonder, 'What if I never wake up? I have a daughter. What'll happen to her if something happens to me?'"

He added: "There's a lot of big, visceral rock songs on this record; others have a classic feel. I was listening to Roy Orbison, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan. There's a lot of different colours to this record."

The band, who are set to release their sixth studio album later this year, announced today that they will play three UK shows in December including a massive London show at Alexandra Palace. The National will start the British leg of their European tour on November 9 in Belfast with a gig at the Odyssey Arena before playing Manchester Apollo on December 11 and Alexandra Palace on December 13.

The National's UK tour dates are as follows:

Belfast, Odyssey Arena (November 9)
Dublin, Ireland O2 Arena (10)
Manchester, O2 Apollo (11)
London, Alexandra Palace (13)

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