The National’s Scott Devendorf: No one wants to put out a shitty record
“The slow-burning career trajectory of the National is similar to their songs and albums themselves. What starts as a gentle wave of emotion and intrigue gradually swells to a point where the listener simply gets swept up in the raw sentiments of the track, eventually taken somewhere far different from where they started. After small-scale local shows at the 400 Bar and the Fine Line, the Brooklyn-based quintet opened for R.E.M. at the Xcel Energy Center in 2008, then graduated to First Avenue for a memorable pair of sold-out performances in 2010 as part of theirHigh Violettour.
Ahead of the National’s biggest area headlining show yet at Roy Wilkins Tuesday night, in support of new album Trouble Will Find Me, Gimme Noise was able to chat with bassist Scott Devendorf. He was picking up some last-minute supplies in Brooklyn before the band flew to Australia the following day to headline the Splendour In The Grass Festival. Devendorf, part of a pair of brothers in the National, shared with us what the recording sessions were like for the new record, how playing bigger rooms has affected the band’s approach to their live shows, and the affinity the group has developed for Minneapolis over the years.”