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Indie rock band the National touring on new album

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Entertainment,Robert Fulton

Luckily for journalists and fans, Matt Berninger, of the National, hasn't tired of talking about his band's new album, "Trouble Will Find Me," despite granting numerous interviews in the past few weeks.

"I don't mind it that much," Berninger said, speaking by phone from his apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y. "When you spend two years working on a record and you put it out, you want to talk about it. I have no problem with it. We've been making records, and for the first eight years of our career, nobody asked about them at all."

The National performs Thursday at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

The National recorded "Trouble Will Find Me" in a barn in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and a tornado struck early in the recording process. Without power, the band worked on songs by candlelight using acoustic instruments.

Onstage
The National with Dirty Projectors
» Where: Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
» When: Doors 5:30 p.m. Thursday
» Info: $35 to $45; 410-715-5550; 877-435-9849; merriweathermusic.com

Berninger said that for the new record, the band just let the songs be.

"I know that for me, one of the big influences on this record was the fact I stopped worrying about what kind of band we were going to be," he said. "So while I was writing songs, I wasn't worried about what kind of songs they're going to be."

The frontman went on to describe how the band would get into arguments about what direction the band or an album should go. Once the National started to gain attention, Berninger said that the band struggled with how to keep that attention without also being painted into a corner.

"We know how easy it is for a band to just disappear overnight, for the spotlight to just go away and for people to stop caring about your band," Berninger said. "There was always a sense of, 'This could be the end of us if we don't deliver.' Not that that isn't still the case. I think this time we came to peace with it. If our band does disappear overnight and people stop caring about us, it won't be the end of the world."

The National formed in Cincinnati at the turn of the century and now has six albums to its name. The band didn't find success quickly, instead building favor with fans and critics over the course of the last decade.

"We are very aware of how lucky we are to have gotten where we are," Berninger said. "We're spending so many years playing empty clubs and doing so much traveling and sleeping in vans and on floors. We did that enough. Once people started paying attention, we started getting fans one fan at a time. We definitely don't take it for granted."

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