Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Indie Music MAYhem Contestant 4: The National

The National

Album: High Violet
Release Date: May 4
About the Band: Brooklyn band known for crafting gorgeous, moody records--equal parts driving anthems and slow burners. Matt Berninger's low gravelly vocals are the most distinct trait of the group.
Last Record: 2007's Boxer was one of this blogger's favorites that year, and it secured them a spot among indie elite.
Reason for Excitement: The National have maintained a very high standard of output throughout its existence and, in doing so, have become one of the premier acts of the indie rock world. Their album is something of a blockbuster release.
Reason for Concern: It's been a long, proud run of records. Another classic would be quite a feat. Do they have it in 'em?
Early Indications: Very promising. "Bloodbuzz Ohio" first started making the Youtube rounds last year, and has already become a fan favorite.
Prediction: I'd be very surprised if this album doesn't land in the top 2.

Up next, a singer-songwriter with history...

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On behalf of Beggars, 4AD and The National many thanks for plugging "High Violet" on your site (street date 11th May) ... .. thanks, also, on behalf of the label, management and artist for not posting any pirate links to unreleased (studio) material and, if you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, then a full length, high quality version of "BloodBuzz Ohio" (along with artwork) is available for fans and bloggers to link to / post / host etc from the band’s site at and “Afraid of Everyone” is now also available via ... .. for further details of the new album, on-line promotions, videos and 2010 shows, check-out the official site, as well as the band's MySpace at and YouTube channel at ... .. and keep an eye on these official sources for details of further news, preview material and on-line promotions.

Thanks again for your plug.