Kerrang! 4KKKK's NYC-based Ohioans inhabiting the same eerie territory as Silver Jews &
seminal songwriter Will Oldham. Yet for every loss-inspired lyric, acoustic jolt & exquisite
harmony, there's a tense & beautiful undercurrent at work, reminiscent of Joy Division &
Nick Cave, making this cathartic record much more than your bog standard miserablist release.
They may have moved to the big city but you'll never take the country sway out of their delicate twang.
Combining insistent harmony & a cavernous sense of space,
like Codeine meets The Breeders or The Cocteaus tussling with Palace
Padma Newsome from Clogs – a band featuring Bryce Dessner of The National –
accompanying The National on their European tour.
A great band, playing folk / neo classical stuff which reminds me of
Rachels, The Dirty Three & Radiohead all at the same time
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Happy, smiley, chilled out band
The New York Times, 2001
In The National's songs, on the rainy border of folk-rock and mope-rock, fading love lingers just enough to keep the singer tortured by all the things he could have done.
Two sets of brothers (Scott and Bryan Devendorf, Aaron and Bryce Dessner) and one friend (Matt Berninger) may now live in Brooklyn but their music hails back to their Ohio roots. Berninger's rough-voiced vocals drift easily around an easy backbeat, melodic guitars and suggestive keyboards. Classic American roots rock with a distinctive sound all its own.
FRIDAY 7th NOVEMBER
JUNKTION 7 PRESENTS
£5 / £4 NUS
DOORS 9pm TIL 1am