It's been well over a month since The National last made news in these parts. At the time, they were boasting a four and a half star rating on YouTube! for their Google commercial and were well at work mixing their follow-up to Boxer. Last week, the band announced that the as-yet-untitled album will be released worldwide this May on 4AD. Matt sat down for an interview with Pitchfork to discuss mastering the record, the possibility of naming it Summer Lovin' Torture Party, and having Sufjan sing back-up.
In addition, the band will play a few shows that straddle the album's release, including: The Big Ears Festival (3/28) in Knoxville, TN; a two-night stand at The National in Richmond, VA (4/22 and 4/23); Royal Albert Hall in London (5/6); and a gig with Pavement in Paris (5/7). Late May sees the band in California before a string of shows in the American Northeast in early June, ending with a June 16th show at Radio City Music Hall in New York. For a full list of dates, venues, and links to purchase tickets, click over to our shows page.