Aaron Dessner of The National has responded to a false claim that he was paying people to riot in Ohio. He’s really the steward of that. Tom’s awesome, he’s doing great, I’ll tell him you asked. By “We’ve seen a lot of all the good and bad in each other,” says Aaron.
The National had recorded their previous four albums – Trouble Will Find Me, High Violet, Boxer and Alligator – in more confined spaces. And it makes sense if you follow that logic. Scott: Matt was the commandant of the vibe of that song. I asked both Devendorf brothers what they think of Matt’s cooking/baking metaphor.
I would be rewriting the bridge of a song. That open plan studio set up inspired some of the album’s most cathartic guitar moments including a jagged solo on ‘The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness’…, I did that cause we were drinking beer one night, joking around. I’m a small-room drum-sound guy – it turns out the drums sounded better in a large, open space. The architect made the door openings higher and was conscious of things being head-height. We’re very lucky to be at this point where I could build a studio and really welcome everyone, and have everyone stay for long periods of time. We started a band because we just liked hanging out together. On Sunday, (May 31), The National's Aaron Dessner took to Instagram to reply after bizarrely being accused of being an “Antifa organizer caught on camera appearing to pay some kids to riot” in Ohio. I definitely enjoyed that. This morning I've woken up to the unpleasant and surprising news that I've been misidentified by some social media users as someone seen encouraging rioting in Columbus, Ohio,” he wrote. Bryan, the band’s drummer, was in a talkative mood at home in Cincinnati; his more softly spoken brother, Scott – who plays bass – was in Long Island, New York. It’s also about Aaron. I wake up at 5am. “They’re creatively blossomed,” the band’s guitarist and composer Bryce Dessner – Aaron’s twin – says of the other set of siblings in the band. And he’s got photos to prove it. And between country hikes and dips in the property’s pond, they began laying the foundation of what would be their seventh, and most intricate album, Sleep Well Beast. Then I moved up into the mountains in Upstate New York, and bought this old farm. We never started a rock band because we wanted to be a big rock band. And everyone is plugged in, and there is a conduit, you know, with audio cabling, running throughout the whole structure. Aaron Dessner of Brooklyn-based band The National has sold his beautiful Ditmas Park Victorian home for $2.35 million, meaning the band is losing their studio space. Matt describes the making of the album as a “cooking session”.
I would stay in the [main] house because of my brother’s kids, who I’m really close to. Apparent Antifa organizer caught on camera appearing to pay some kids to riot. But, then again it’s not really autobiographical or anything like that. Three weeks later, I speak to Bryan and Scott Devendorf back-to-back on a Wednesday evening.
Some of it is, but I think I write songs about possible, hypothetical situations of real relationships.
According to Brooklyn Vegan, a now-suspended Twitter account suggested that Dessner is "an Antifa organizer paying people to riot" who "needs to be arrested NOW!!".
It’s also about the band. We didn’t want to have a control room, mainly just to create an open space where everyone could be working all the time.
And what better way to musically represent The Donald than something a little, well, deranged. I would be programming drums. Bryce would often work in an isolated booth in the left corner of the barnhouse, with a little window overlooking the pond. He shared a photo of grass, trees, and mountains with a note to fans.
So there’s a lot of break up songs and, you know, I’m married. The weird claim was made after a video clip that sees a man who looks a little like Dessner paying protesters to riot in Ohio surfaced. How lucky we are to have the kind of audiences that we do. And then I’d go take a nap and go swimming or whatever and they’d start baking. They were mindful of my height.
Despite the relaxed nature of those Long Pond sessions, a sense of unease permeates the record, which Bryce says is reflective of the current mood in the US rather than anything consciously political. That was special. A few days of orchestrations in Paris. Matt used to keep notebooks full of lyrics up until about five years ago. We recorded a great deal of material there, but the twins were travelling the world capturing a lot of sounds, mainly in Berlin and then all the orchestrations were recorded in a studio in Paris. Then again the album does feature a sample of a quote often ascribed to Karl Rove, a former White House senior advisor and one of the main players in George W Bush’s regime.
“I've been here for three months now isolating with my wife and young children. Bryce lives in Paris with his French wife, but he’s in Dublin now, where The National are playing a double-header at a venue called Vicar Street. I had my iPhone and a bluetooth speaker…. Bryan: The kitchen metaphor? The National 's Aaron Dessner was dragged into a bizarre theory over the weekend regarding the ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd last month.. Because I thought a lot about how the band would need to work. It has an 18th-century farmhouse on it, and there was a really old barn. With Devendorf and the Dessner brothers were Scott Devendorf, Bryan's older brother, and Matt Berninger. Aaron’s wife is Danish, so he splits time between Copenhagen and Upstate New York. Then I’d come back in later on and we’d write and collaborate until, you know – some people would do it all night long. “Just another man, in shitty suits, everybody’s cheering for/This must be the genius we’ve been waiting years for.” That’s The Donald. He has over 49k followers on his Instagram, “aadrondessner.” Likewise, the singer also has over 13.4k followers on his twitter, “aaron-dessner.”