With his debut solo album ‘Serpentine Prison’ landing on 2nd October, The National’s frontman Matt Berninger is giving us the latest taste of what to expect, unveiling new track ‘Distant Axis’, co-written with Walter Martin of The Walkmen.
“I met Walter Martin fifteen years ago when The National opened for The Walkmen on a tour of shitty clubs in the American Southeast,” explains Berninger. “On that tour I learned a lot about how to be in a band without ruining your life. I also learned a lot about Florida, Tennessee and Georgia. Walt and I have stayed friends and about three years ago we started passing ideas back and forth. ‘Distant Axis’ started from a sketch Walt sent me named ‘Savannah.’ I think it’s about falling out of touch with someone or something you once thought would be there forever.”
Watch the video, directed by Matt’s brother Tom, below.
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