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The National at Masonic Temple, 3 Things To Know
āSleep Well Beastā has become a kind of lucky No. 7 for the National.
The Cincinnati-formed indie rock groupās, yes, seventh album set career-high chart positions around the world, including a No. 2 debut on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 showings in the U.K., Canada, Ireland and Portugal. It also spawned the chart-topping radio hit āThe System Only Dreams In Total Darknessā and has received rave reviews since its early September release.
All of that has turned the Nationalās current tour into both victory lap and promotional vehicle for the album...
ā¢ The National came into āSleep Well Beastā following 2013ās āTrouble Will Find Meā -- up to then the groupās most successful effort, with a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. But drummer Bryan Devendorf says that didnāt bring any addition pressure to the making of the new album. āThink we had that experience recording (2007ās) āBoxer,ā the drummer says by phone. āI felt like on that one there was a lot of individual pressure we put on ourselves. Thereās always pressure because you want to make something good, and I do care deeply about how the music is received. But now weāre more concerned about things we can control -- like recording, where we have total control. We didnāt have outside voices telling us what to do. Nothing ever pressured us in anyway way, no manager or label person telling us to change anything. That way itās all on us, which is better.ā
ā¢ The reception for āSleep Well Beast,ā both commercially and critically, has buoyed the quintet as itās hit the road this year. āItās awesome. Of course weāre stoked,ā says Devendorf, 42. āThat means weāre selling records, which is hard to do these days. At this point in time anything that happens to us is just luck. All we can do is the best music we can make, and I think weāve just had more time weāve been able to experiment and develop, which is rare in the world of labels. Weāve been able to grow and develop, so it hasnāt been about the bottom line and there isnāt that kind of profit pressure -- so lo and behold weāre No. 1 in the U.K. for a week.
ā¢ The Nationalās lineup boasts two sets of siblings -- Devendorf and his brother Scott and twins Aaron and Bryce Dessner -- and their relationships differ, according to the drummer. āWe grew up in the same town, so we share a similar sensibility in that regard,ā Devendorf says. ā(The Dessners) are more competitive, in a healthy way. They always push each other and grow. They deeply care for each other and they have each otherās back, but theyāre just more competitive with each other, I think. My brother and I just get off on funny YouTube videos and listen to music. We donāt really write together; We have a band called LNZNDRF thatās more of like an improvisational thing, so thatās easier than if we were sitting down to hash out parts and makes songs together like (the Dessners) do.ā
If You Go:
ā¢ The National and Daughter
ā¢ 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.
ā¢ Masonic Temple Theatre, 500 Temple St., Detroit.
ā¢ Tickets are $40.50-$51.
ā¢ Call 313-638-2724 or visit themasonic.com.
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