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The National: FUV Live


This week The Alternate Side is looking back at some of our favorite FUV Live sessions from the last six months and we thought that New York's own The National fit perfectly with Independence Day. 

Watch videos of the band playing live, below, catch up with The National session in the FUV archives or listen to The National this Friday, July 5, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. ET, also streaming online.

The National released their sixth album, Trouble Will Find Me, earlier this spring. The band 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. The deep baritone voice of the band belongs to Matt Berninger, who writes the lyrics.