- 09 Oct 17
Sleep Well Beast, the seventh studio album by enduring US indie darlings The National, is a hauntingly dark, paranoid, melancholic and sometimes angry affair. Frontman MATT BERNINGER talks about working with Lisa Hannigan, writing break-up lyrics with his wife of ten years, the “stink” of Donald Trump, and why their new record like “lunch with its underpants on.”
“Oh shit! I shouldn’t have told you that! Man, please don’t print that! Just forget I said it.”
Having just accidentally revealed both the identity and place of work of his LA weed supplier, Matt Berninger, frontman of enduring American indie act The National, is slightly panicked. It’s not surprising. Said dealer – who also owns a more legitimate retail business – sounds like an excitable type who probably wouldn’t particularly welcome being exposed in an Irish rock magazine.
“I think he learnt all his English from action movies so I buy stuff from his place and he’s like (shouts excitedly) ‘THIS ONE’S FUCKING AWESOME!’ or ‘THIS IS THE BEST ONE FUCKING EVER!’ He’s crazy… but he also gives me free weed.”