We were once asked by somebody standing behind us at a gig by The National to stop swaying / dancing because it was making them giddy. We’re not sure if it was really was our dancing or The National’s music that was making her feel that way. Certainly our anticipation for their sixth studio album Trouble Will Find Me has made us feel like a fired up teenage boy waiting outside a girl's house before he takes her on a first date; stupidly dizzy with excitement. “It’s a record about getting older,” said vocalist Matt Berninger of the album, certainly a theme we can all relate to, but he’s also suggested that it isn’t going to be fully grim.
So here’s the first offering. It’s called Demons and it would be fair to say it's not exactly The Venga Boys. In fact The National still sound gloriously gloomy. There’s plenty of awkward despondency and self-doubt here. The song seems to be Berninger commenting on the fact that even though his life is OK, sometimes it’s easier for him to wallow in the darkness and stay “down with the demons.” “I get this sudden sinking feeling of a man about to fly,” he sings, suggesting that the very idea of being comfortable, successful or in a good place doesn’t sit easily with him. The music itself matches these themes, slow aching drums and placid guitar effects ensuring that the song remains restrained, downcast and perfect for coaxing you back into the world of The National. Roll on May 20th when Trouble Will Find Me is released.The National - Demons (Video)