As the days become closer to the release of The National’s new album, Trouble Will Find Me, lead singer Matt Berninger has released an upsetting statement;

“The band has almost ended here and there. I think we got past a lot of the ways it could have ended and ended badly. I think we got through those dark times– just relationship issues, and frustration, and anxiety, and exhaustion, and tempers. [R.E.M.’s] Michael Stipe always used to say, Remember that you were friends first. We had to remind ourselves of that. I don’t know how long is healthy to be a rock band. We’ve been on for almost 14 years, so another five years might be too much. We’re actually at a better place with each other than we’ve ever been. I don’t think our band would end with an acrimonious situation any more. I think we’ve learned to love and respect each other now and we’re kind of past all that stuff. I don’t know if that means we’ll stay a band for a lot longer– but for a little while, at least.” (In an interview with Hayden from The Grid)

Hopefully we’ll here an album or two or even get to see a great tour before they call it quits. The National are playing an extensive late summer/fall tour across North American and some European dates in 2013.

Be sure to read our review of Trouble Will Find Me here

Watch the official release of the song, “Demons”, as well 

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