Matt Berninger

The National’s Matt Berninger on 10 years of ‘High Violet’: “We wanted to reach everybody”

The band's fifth album catapulted them from indie darlings to festival headliners

The National’s Matt Berninger: “I’m writing so much – I’m like Bradley Cooper in ‘Limitless'”

On his busy 2019, solo album plans, and celebrating 10 years of 'High Violet'

The National: ‘Sex, death and losing. What else is there?’

As The National celebrate the most successful year of their career with a run of summer festivals, Andrew Trendell joins the band of brothers on the road in Spain and the UK for a few rounds of tequila and to talk about anxiety, musicals, shopping, Playmobil figures, Queen, The Strokes, family, failure, their eighth album and why they’re still obsessed with “sex, death and losing”.