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    (1999- )
    Born in Cincinnati, Ohio
    Based in Brooklyn, New York
    Matt Berninger - lead vocalist
    Aaaron Dessner - guitarist/bassist/pianist
    Bryce Dessner - guitarist
    Scott Devendorf - bassist/guitarist
    Bryan Devendorf - drummer
    Recored the albums 'The National,' 'Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers,' 'Alligator,' 'Boxer' and 'High Violet'
    Songs include 'Abel,' 'Lit Up,' 'Daughters of the Soho Riots,' 'Mistaken for Strangers,' 'Apartment Story,' 'Fake Empire,' 'Bloodbuzz Ohio' and 'Anyone's Ghost'
    Matt Berninger's voice was once described as ' a combination between Ian Curtis and Rain Man.'
    Their website does not contain the word national in any form, but is, named after a song from their first album. Lead vocalist Matt Berninger has stated that they should have changed the domain name.
    One particular song, 'Mr. November,' was adapted as a slogan for Barack Obama's campaign despite the fact that it was written shortly after John Kerry lost his bid for the presidency.
    Not only was an episode of One Tree Hill named after their song 'Racing Like a Pro,' but three other songs of theirs were used in that episode.
    Their music was also heard on Gossip Girl and Chuck, as well as in a Google ad.
    Their albums usually are met with widespread acclaim.
    'Fake Empire' was used during a video montage at both the final night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention and in a video prior to Barack Obama's Presidential victory speech.
    In 2008, they were the first act on a tour with Modest Mouse and R.E.M..
    Their influences include Wilco and Bruce Springsteen.
    Aaaron and Bryce Dessner produced a compilation double album that raised over $650,000 for HIV and AIDS research.

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