The National go electronic on new album

Frontman Matt Berninger says follow up to 'Trouble Will Find Me' will be a huge departure

The National have admitted their new album will be a huge departure from 2013’s ‘Trouble Will Find Me’.

The band told NME they have gone electronic for their next record. “We’re playing together in a room, which means we’re jamming more,” explained frontman Matt Berninger. “But it’s not a jam record at all – the songs are much more like weird, math-y, electronic-y stuff.”

He added: “A lot of songs are going in completely different directions. But that’s a really fun place to be. We’re in the middle of the wilderness, in a rainforest full of really fun noises.”


Berninger said the band could have chosen to stick to the same moody sound which has dominated their recent albums but they chose not to.

“We could probably crank out a great National record in a weekend, but none of us are interested in following up with another record that sounds like ‘Trouble Will Find Me’. That record was a great accomplishment and I’m so proud of it.

“But even if we could make a record that good and put it out tomorrow, we wouldn’t, because we’ve already made that. We’d rather make a terrible record that opens up new possibilities. It’s going to be great!”

The National recently debuted a new song live with the help of St Vincent at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre.

St Vincent’s Annie Clark joined the band to sing on ‘Prom Song 13th Century (Frankie & Johnny)’.


Berninger also recently criticised Donald Trump claiming that he unearthed a deep-seated “bigotry in America,” describing Trump himself as “the sickness that’s been clogging the drain.” He continued, “Donald Trump is like the hanger that’s pulling out that wad of ugliness.”

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