The National say next album will see the band taking a ‘different approach’

Frontman Matt Berninger says they will start working on their seventh album in October

The National say next album will see the band taking a “different approach” to recording.

Speaking to Gigwise, frontman Matt Berninger said they will be getting together in October to work on the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Trouble Will Find Me’. “We’re talking about getting together, which won’t be until about October, taking a little break and then getting together to try and write together in a room – which we’ve never done,” he commented. “We always work on little things and email back and forth. We have no idea whether it’s going to work or not, but that’s as far as we’ve got with the new record: trying to work out a plan and a different approach. That might fail miserably, but then we’ll try it a different way.”

Speaking about the sound of what will be their seventh record, Berninger added: “Everybody’s been talking about it and people have different ideas about what kind of record they want to make. But every time we all talk about that, it never helps anyone figure it out. It’s never a very good creative catalyst to say ‘I’m going to make this kind of record’. It’s never been that helpful for me at least, let’s just wait to see where things go organically and naturally. It’s not going to be a hip-hop record, I’m pretty sure. I wish we could but I’m terrible at that, I’ve tried.”

The National will play alongside Neil Young & Crazy Horse at London’s Hyde Park on Saturday July 12. They’ll also be joined at Barclaycard British Summer Time by special guests Tom Odell, Caitlin Rose, Phosphorescent and Flyte.