Trouble Will Find Me, The National’s new album will be released on 4AD on May 20th & 21st. This is the sixth studio album for the Brooklyn band, and follows 2010’s critical and commercial success High Violet. The album is the most self-assured collection of songs produced by The National in its 14-year career. In an interview with UK’s UNCUT Magazine, front man Matt Berninger described the songs as more “immediate and visceral” than their previous work. Trouble Will Find Me possesses a directness, a coherency and an approachability that suggests The National are at their most confident.
After a 22-month tour following the release of High Violet the band returned home. Regardless of plans to wait to record new music for another year or two, guitarist Aaron Dessner began working on sketches of new songs that the other members were too inspired by to not fully realize. Matt confesses, “For the past ten years we’d been chasing something, wanting to prove something. And this chase was about trying to disprove our own insecurities. After touring High Violet, I think we felt like we’d finally gotten there. Now we could relax—not in terms of our own expectations but we didn’t have to prove our identity any longer.” The results are simultaneously breakthrough and oddly familiar, the culmination of an artistic journey that has led The National both to a new crest and, somehow, back to their beginnings—when, says Aaron, “our ideas would immediately click with each other. It’s free-wheeling again. The songs on one level are our most complex, and on another they’re our most simple and human. It just feels like we’ve embraced the chemistry we have.” The album was recorded at Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY. Trouble Will Find Me was self-produced and mixed by Craig Silvey with additional mixing from Peter Katis and Marcus Paquin.
In advance of the release, the documentary Mistaken For Strangers will premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival as the festival opener on April 17th. The film, directed by Tom Berninger, follows The National on its biggest tour to date. Newbie roadie Tom (lead singer Matt Berninger’s younger brother) is a heavy metal and horror movie enthusiast, and can’t help but put his own spin on the experience. Inevitably, Tom’s moonlighting as an irreverent documentarian creates drama on the road. The film is a touching look at two very different brothers and an entertaining story of artistic aspiration.
Following the May 21st release of Trouble Will Find Me, The National will embark on a world tour. Highlights include Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and Red Rocks Amphitheater. Tickets are on sale for most shows announced to date and more shows will be announced soon.
Following the May 21st release of Trouble Will Find Me, The National will embark on a world tour. For a full list of dates go here.
Trouble Will Find Me tracklisting
1. I Should Live In Salt
3. Don't Swallow The Cap
5. Sea Of Love
7. This Is The Last Time
10. I Need My Girl
12. Pink Rabbits
13. Hard To Find
16th - State Theater, Ithaca, NY
5th - Barclay's Center, Brooklyn, NY
6th - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
7th - Mann Center for Performing Art, Philadelphia, PA
8th - The National, Richmond, VA
10th - Red Hat Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC
11th - Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
13th - Lachine Canal, Montreal, Canada
14th - Yonge Dundas Square, Toronto, Canada
15th - LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
16th - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN
21st - Hurricane Festival, Scheessel, Germany
22nd - Southside Festival, Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany
25th - Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium
28th - Live At The Marquee, Cork, Ireland
30th - Parco Della Musica, Rome, Italy
1st - City Sound Festival, Milan, Italy
2nd - Salata, Zagreb, Croatia
14th - Cincinnati, OH, Bunbury Festival