Watch The National Live at The Cutting Room Studios NYC

The National: Falling For ‘Graceless’

May 21, 2013. The Brooklyn band performs a special studio session for New York City’s WFUV in advance of its new sixth album, Trouble Will Find Me. Watch The National perform “Graceless,” live from The Cutting Room Studios in Manhattan.

Published on May 20, 2013

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The National performs “Graceless” live at The Cutting Room Studios for WFUV. Recorded 5/9/13.

Host: Russ Borris
Engineer: The Cutting Room Studios
Cameras: Josh Briseno and Jim O’Hara
Editor: Jim O’Hara

The National – “Sea of Love” – 2013

Published on May 20, 2013

http://wfuv.org • Follow @wfuv: http://ow.ly/flLAg
The National performs “Graceless” live at The Cutting Room Studios for WFUV. Recorded 5/9/13.

Host: Russ Borris
Engineer: The Cutting Room Studios
Cameras: Josh Briseno and Jim O’Hara
Editor: Jim O’Hara

The National has steadily held our attention ever since their 2001 self-titled debut. Over the years, the band has developed a uniquely somber yet lush style. The musical arrangements ebb and flow like tides and often have an eerie and tense feel to them — as though you may get pulled into an undertow. But there are also moments of serenity and joy in their sound. It is not lighthearted, easy-listening pop; it’s rousing and dramatic music with poetically dark and evocative lyrics.

The music is created by two sets of brothers — The Devendorfs and The Dessners — with Scott and Bryan Devendorf on bass and drums respectively, and twins Aaron and Bryce Dessner who both play guitar. And the deep baritone voice of the band belongs to Matt Berninger, who writes the lyrics.

Today marks the release of the band’s sixth full-length album, Trouble Will Find Me. We’ll air this session tonight at 9 here on WFUV, and be sure to check out the amazing videos of The National performing some of the new material from The Cutting Room Studios here in New York City.

[recorded: 05/09/13]