The National on Dulli

Phoenix New Times interviews Bryan Devendorf of the National:

BD: I think now the difference is (pauses). I was writing that specifically for the people of Cincinnati, Ohio. Now I think we’re more sleek and refined. I didn’t even listen to Joy Division and New Order when I wrote that, you know before 2003. That’s really changed my approach to playing drums, wanting to sound like a drum machine. Do you know who Greg Dulli is?

UOTS: Of the Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers, right?

BD: We were eating dinner last night, in New Orleans, actually, and randomly we saw him sitting at the front, near the window, sitting distinctively. And that’s the music at the party, the Afghan Whigs. That’s what we were emulating in the past, Ohio valley records: Afghan Whigs, Guided By Voices, the Breeders. Pixies aren’t from Ohio, but somehow, you know, they are.

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