The National are still touring behind last year’s Trouble Will Find Me, but frontman Matt Berninger is staying busy in between gigs by promoting his brother’s upcoming rock documentary/sibling story Mistaken For Strangers and lending his voice to a few side-projects. In a new interview with Billboard, Berninger talked up his upcoming collaborations with the Walkmen’s Walter Martin and the Civil Wars’ Joy Williams (who posted the above photo on Instagram a few weeks ago). And when asked if the National would be recording a song for the Dessners’ Grateful Dead tribute, he had this to say:
There’s a huge debate over which one to do. They keep talking about “Box of Rain” for me. Something because of the register of the vocals. I’m staying out of it. It’s [bassist Scott Devendorf and drummer Bryan Devendorf] that are probably the biggest Dead fans. There’s constant emails going back and forth about what to do. They kind of kicked me out of the whole Dead project because I kinda don’t know what I’m talking about. I’ve never followed the Dead much but those guys have become … they’re borderline experts on the Dead. It’s a fun thing. Meeting Bob Weir and playing with him in San Francisco was surreal and awesome. I can’t wait until that thing finally comes together.
Mistaken For Strangers hits theaters, on demand, and iTunes 3/28. Here’s the trailer: