“The title is taken from a lyric in State Hospital. I felt it was a nicely faceted title, with enough layered meaning to remain open to interpretation. Above all though, it was a gauntlet I threw down for myself. If you call your album Pedestrian Verse, you can’t settle for any old lyric. It forced me to better myself. In fact, I think we all stepped up on this album and I believe that our producer Leo Abrahams had a major role in that step. He threw our music into areas we had not previously imagined. More than any other record we’ve done this has been a genuine journey of discovery into new ways of working in order to develop and fully realize each of the songs. As a result, I think Pedestrian Verse the strongest and most interesting record we’ve made to date.”The cover art can be seen above and the tracklist is below, along with the official video for "State Hospital." Pedestrian Verse track list: 01. Acts Of Man 02. Backyard Skulls 03. Holy 04. The Woodpile 05. Late March, Death March 06. December’s Traditions 07. Housing (In) 08. Dead Now 09. State Hospital 10. Nitrous Gas 11. Housing (Out) 12. Oil Slick
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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