As a follow up to their highy acclaimed album Alligator, New York via Ohio quintet The National release their new album, Boxer on May 22nd. Boxer was produced and mixed by the band and Peter Katis (Interpol, Spoon), and engineered by Greg Giorgio. The record was mostly recorded at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, CT. Additional recording was done by The National and Brandon Reid in Brooklyn, NY, and White Sulphur Springs, WV. Boxer was mastered by Fred Kevorkian (Willie Nelson, Regina Spektor, Ryan Adams). Boxer is filled with lush arrangements and sees the band including some new instrumentation and expanded musical elements including piano, trumpet and more prominent background vocals.The National formed in 1999, when five friends from Cincinnati, OH met again after all relocating to Brooklyn, NY. They are Aaron Dessner (guitars, bass), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott Devendorf (guitar, bass), Bryan Devendorf (drums) and Matt Berninger (vocals). For years the band has received critical praise but it wasn't until 2005's Alligator that a wider audience finally discovered them. Alligator ended up topping scores of year-end critics' lists and music polls and the band found themselves selling out large venues across the US.
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