The National have released their new album Sleep Well Beast and Geoff Rickly (Thursday, No Devotion, and United Nations) is back to unpack it with me. We get into how the Devendorf brothers originally brought the band together, how it is that they seem to get 15% better with every album, and the effect that composers like Phillip Glass and Steve Reisch have had on their songwriting. We also explore the ins and outs of SWB, recap our trip to Hudson to see the release show and get into some heavier topics like learning to get as comfortable as we can with ourselves and managing the parts of us that seem like they want to kill us.
Tyler is the co-founder of Vinyl Me, Please. He lives in Denver and listens to The National a lot more than you do.