Published Mar 21, 2013If you've been keeping tabs on the National of late, you'll know that they have some big plans afoot. Not only are the Brooklyn rock unit being featured in a new documentary, but they have a long string of tour dates already lined up for later this year. Somewhere in there, the group also promised to release a new studio album this spring. Well, the National have kept their word, officially announcing their next LP: Trouble Will Find Me.
Following up 2010's High Violet, the album will arrive May 21 in North America and a day earlier in Europe via 4AD. Trouble Will Find Me was recorded at Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY, and was self-produced, with mixing credited to Craig Silvey with help from Peter Katis and Marcus Paquin.
Writing for the album began after the National underwent a massive 22-month tour in support of High Violet — something that seems to have helped the band solidify their identity.
"For the past 10 years we'd been chasing something, wanting to prove something. And this chase was about trying to disprove our own insecurities," the band's Aaron Dessner said in a statement. "After touring High Violet, I think we felt like we'd finally gotten there. Now we could relax — not in terms of our own expectations but we didn't have to prove our identity any longer.... Our ideas would immediately click with each other. It's free-wheeling again. The songs on one level are our most complex, and on another they're our most simple and human. It just feels like we've embraced the chemistry we have."
UPDATE: As Consequence of Sound points out, a Gothamist interview with the National's Bryan Devendorf reveals that Trouble Will Find Me will come packing some impressive guests, including Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent's Annie Clark, Sharon Van Etten, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, Doveman, and Nona Marie Invie from Dark Dark Dark.
As previously reported, the National will precede the album with Mistaken for Strangers, a film shot by vocalist Matt Berninger's brother Tom that will kick off New York's Tribeca Film Festival on April 17. It will also screen at the Hoc Docs Film Festival in Toronto on April 30.
While we've yet to receive any teaser track off Trouble Will Find Me, you can see the tracklist below, as well as all the band's upcoming tour dates.
Trouble Will Find Me:
1. I Should Live In Salt
3. Don't Swallow The Cap
5. Sea Of Love
7. This Is The Last Time
10. I Need My Girl
12. Pink Rabbits
13. Hard To Find
5/16 Ithaca, NY - State Theater
5/26 Boston, MA - Boston Calling/City Hall Plaza
6/5 Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center *
6/6 Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion ^
6/7 Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts ^
6/8 Richmond, VA - The National
6/10 Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheatre ^
6/11 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE ^
6/13 Montreal, QC - Lachine Canal
6/14 Toronto, ON - Yonge-Dundas Square (NXNE)
6/15 Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
6/13-16 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival
6/21 Scheessel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
6/22 Neuhausen Ob Eck, DE - Southside Festival
6/25 Brussels, BE - Cirque Royal
6/28 Cork, IR - Live at the Marquee
6/30 Rome, IT -Parco Della Musica
7/1 Milan, IT - City Sound Festival
7/2 Zagreb, CR - Salata
7/14 Cincinnati, OH - Bunbury Festival
8/6 St. Paul, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium
8/10 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
9/17 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater
* with Youth Lagoon
^ with Dirty Projectors