As The National return to Portland to play the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall this Monday, Nov. 27, we revisit our 2007 studio session with the band. At that time playing decidedly smaller venues, the band were winning fans with an album, “Boxer,” simultaneously grand and intimate, with songs about inwardness and awkwardness, and a palpable sense of the world slowly crumbling around you. The band’s sound was often described as moody and cathartic, beneath the smooth baritone voice of its songwriter, Matt Berninger.
All day Monday on opbmusic, we’ll be playing songs from “Boxer” to mark the album’s 10th anniversary.
In 2007 we recorded this pared-down session with the band, in the upstairs space above Mississippi Studios. They played songs from “Boxer,” and talked with us about songwriting, the album’s themes, and the new attention they were receiving.
The National perform at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Nov. 27, at 8 p.m. Their latest album is this year’s “Sleep Well Beast.”