The National missed the Grammys as they were too busy working on their next album

The 'Sleep Well Beast' band had no time to celebrate

The National have said that they weren’t expecting their Grammy win last weekend – revealing that they missed the ceremony as they’re busy working on a new record.

The band bagged their first Grammy for latest album ‘Sleep Well Beast’, with their seventh studio effort being named Best Alternative Album. Also nominated in the category were Arcade Fire (‘Everything Now’), Gorillaz (‘Humanz’), LCD Soundsytem (American Dream), and Father John Misty (‘Pure Comedy’).

Speaking in a recent interview following the win, the band’s Aaron Dessner told Pitchfork that the gong wasn’t “something we ever thought we would get, or set out to get, really”.


He also revealed that the band were tucked away working on new music when they heard the news.

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“We were actually upstate at Long Pond, working on music, Matt [Berninger] and Bryce [Dessner] and I,” he said.

“It would have been fun to be there, but it was also fun to be up where we made the record. It was just a nice moment sitting by the fire and drinking some wine and talking about it.

“Obviously you get a lot of emails and texts from people you haven’t seen in a long time. But I think the day after, we kind of forgot about it and were back to feeling like we might not write another great song again, so you gotta work your ass off.”


The update on new music follows the band’s claim back in September that they had another album’s worth of material ready to go.

In an interview with NME, the band said that they have plenty of leftover songs from recent years’ writing sessions.

“Oddly, there was a whole other strain of music that we were making that we were all very excited about,” guitarist Aaron Dessner told NME. “That was more of us playing in a room and more of a conventional ‘National as a rock band’ thing.”

The National are up for Best Album at the VO5 NME Awards 2018 next month. They’re also set to appear exclusively in the UK at an All Points East show in London on June 2.

Meanwhile, the band were announced as part of Primavera festival’s huge 2018 line-up. They’ll join the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Bjork, Chvrches and Lorde in Barcelona from May 31.