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Grammy nominated band The National has Cincinnati ties

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- If you watched the Grammy Awards, you may not have realized a band with Cincinnati ties was sitting in the audience. The National's sixth album "Trouble Will Find Me" was nominated for best alternative music album. 

By day, Bryan Devendorf is a doting dad, but at night you'll find him playing the drums for The National. "We were always in bands starting in middle school, high school coming out of the suburban basement school of band practice."

The National's roots are in Cincinnati. Bryan and his older brother grew up in Anderson Township, attending Turpin High School in the early 90's. Vocalist Matt Berninger and twin brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner also grew up in the Queen City. "The lyrics are written by Matt Berninger and the music is written by Aaron and Bryce Dessner."
The national started here on UC's campus. Matt Berninger and Scott Devendorf met while taking classes in 1991. They formed a band called Nancy, moved to New York and the rest is alternative rock history. "The twins, one of them was already there attending Columbia and one was at Yale and they sort of converged and The National formed out of the ashes of both Nancy and the band I was in with the twins."

The band didn't hit it big overnight. "So we all worked these jobs and then at night we'd play shows and practice and write songs."

"It was totally unexpected but everything happened in an incremental way that I was just like, oh, ok. Now we have a real record deal, now we go on a real tour." After years of performing, The National is celebrating a first: a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album. The band is in good company, competing against Nine Inch Nails and Vampire Weekend.  "Obviously I want to win badly but like if we don't, it's not the end of the world."

 The National didn't take home the Grammy, it went to Vampire Weekend.
The group will be hitting the road later this week. Click here for more information.




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