The National is five piece out of Ohio. Relocating to NYC in 1999, many of the band members held finance and tech jobs during the dot com boom at the start of the millennium and played local clubs in the evening. The National is considered LO-FI alternative rock and their sound is unpretentious and subdued. The National always seemed more mature and more worldly than many of the other alt-rock acts coming at the turn of the century. Here are two of my favorite tracks. Interestingly, at the end of “Secret Meeting” (the second track) the band is shouting something in the background that is difficult to make out. On several interviews they were asked about it and chose to retain the mystery by refusing to answer any questions.