Gush: Reddit AMA featuring some of the National and Tom Berninger

I had the incredible luck to see Tom Berninger’s film of his brother’s band Mistaken For Strangers at the Hot Docs film festival last year.

The has finally hit movie theatres and iTunes around the world and Matt Berninger and co. are chit-chatting about things the National on Reddit. Here it is!!

Some gems I found interesting from the rapid fire talk:

1. This is what the boys are listening to: A few of my recents: St. Vincent “St. Vincent” / Cass McCombs “Big Wheel and Others” / Ólafur Arnalds / PIL “Album” / No Age “An Object” / London Grammar / Lorde / Megafaun / Elizabeth Cotton / Laurie Spiegel “The Expanding Universe” / King Krule “6 Feet Beneath the Moon” / Kim Deal – Singles / The Juan MacClean / Jónsi & Alex / Jerry Garcia & David Grisman / Tanlines / Small Black / Endless Boogie / Baaba Maal / Hamza El Din / Caetano Veloso “Personalidade” – Scott

2. Berninger on hitting his head during live shows: I’ve done that for a long time. I have to switch sides after a few days. Most of the stuff I do onstage is stress relief, including the wine-guzzling. Don’t worry I don’t hit myself in the head (on purpose) with anything off stage. -Matt

3. To all of you: What is your go to wine (matt) and/or cocktails (aaron&scott) while on stage? I like all flavors of wine. On stage I drink wine on the rocks, which I like to think of as a Cincinnati sangria. -Matt
Yager bombs -TOM
Jameson or Tequila on ice. Aaron
Whatever’s left 😉 – usually a little white wine, water, or tequila on ice, so nice. – Scott

4. Hey Matt!

How did you grow the balls to gloriously scream like that at the end of “Graceless” during the SNL performance? How did the castmembers react?

Speaking of SNL, any funny backstage moments from the recording?

That song has so many rhymes in it, it’s like a Dr. Seuss story. If I get them all right, I scream at the end to celebrate. -Matt

5. A few favorites – classics, in no particular order: New Order “Power Corruption & Lies” / REM “Document” / Neil Young “After the Gold Rush” & “Harvest Moon” / Bob Dylan “Time Out of Mind” / “Blonde on Blonde” / “Street Legal” / Grateful Dead “American Beauty” / Fleetwood Mac “Tusk” / Breeders “Last Splash” / U2 “War” / The Smiths “The Queen Is Dead” / Stone Roses “Stone Roses” / Erik Satie / Velvet Underground “The Velvet Underground” / Doors “LA Woman” / Tom Petty “Wildflowers” / Talking Heads “Remain In Light” – Scott

Sure yeah – sry, started w/ the classics – some newer records: Mirel Wagner / Heather Woods Broderick / Chromatics / War On Drugs “Lost In A Dream” / Angel Olsen / Warpaint / Mac Demarco / St. Vincent “St. Vincent” / Cass McCombs “Big Wheel and Others” / Ólafur Arnalds / No Age “An Object” / London Grammar / Lorde / Megafaun / King Krule “6 Feet Beneath the Moon” / Kim Deal – Singles / The Juan MacClean / Jónsi & Alex / Tanlines / Small Black / Endless Boogie – Scott

6. This is what a Pink Rabbit: Strawberry Nesquik, tequila, and kahlua actually. All from the devil’s mouth himself: http://blogs.kcrw.com/musicnews/2013/08/the-nationals-stripped-down-set-for-kcrw-pink-rabbits/

7. When I’m shooting the band sleeping. I pretended they were all dead. -TOM

8. The documentary features a few celebrity fans, including Will Arnett and Werner Herzog. Which surprised you most?

It was a bizarre thrill to have Werner Herzog show up at the show (and in the movie). We felt like we had a sort of weird guardian angel present while making this movie since he was “around.” Matt

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