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    doctorransom
    doctorransom
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    What bands do you like that are influenced by The National?

    I’ll start with this Cincinnati-based band Silo’s Choice

    https://siloschoice.bandcamp.com/album/at-least-we-have-our-health

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    ericjmacher
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    Literally months late for this, but it popped up on a Google search and I couldn’t resist. I’ve actually put together a decent list.

    It’s important to realize that influence in music is circular and dynamic, and more often than not comes from common inspiration and not direct influence.

    – The most obvious group of artists are in the band’s peer group, and tend to have strong relationships of influence with each other. The closest is Justin Vernon with Bon Iver (especially the second album) and Volcano Choir. I’d also include Sufjan, St. Vincent, Grizzly Bear, Beirut, and Arcade Fire in this in this list. But I’d say this definitely fits in the more dynamic, circular mold of mutual inspiration than direct influence.
    – Bands that have more recently been established: Local Natives, Future Islands, (If Berninger were more operatic and the music were synth-heavy), The War on Drugs (especially Slave Ambient), Sharon Van Etten, The Antlers, Wild Nothing (especially Nocturne). San Fermin has a vocalist that is heavily influenced by Matt Berninger, to an extent that some would call his work derivative.
    – The only other band I know of that masters the slow burn quite like The National is Wild Beasts out of UK, but they’re in a somewhat different vein- more post-punk, electronic, and avant garde than American indie.
    – A band called The Bronze Medal put out a debut record last year.

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    emptytuxedo
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    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>ericjmacher wrote:</div>Literally months late for this, but it popped up on a Google search and I couldn’t resist. I’ve actually put together a decent list.

    It’s important to realize that influence in music is circular and dynamic, and more often than not comes from common inspiration and not direct influence.

    – The most obvious group of artists are in the band’s peer group, and tend to have strong relationships of influence with each other. The closest is Justin Vernon with Bon Iver (especially the second album) and Volcano Choir. I’d also include Sufjan, St. Vincent, Grizzly Bear, Beirut, and Arcade Fire in this in this list. But I’d say this definitely fits in the more dynamic, circular mold of mutual inspiration than direct influence.
    – Bands that have more recently been established: Local Natives, Future Islands, (If Berninger were more operatic and the music were synth-heavy), The War on Drugs (especially Slave Ambient), Sharon Van Etten, The Antlers, Wild Nothing (especially Nocturne). San Fermin has a vocalist that is heavily influenced by Matt Berninger, to an extent that some would call his work derivative.
    – The only other band I know of that masters the slow burn quite like The National is Wild Beasts out of UK, but they’re in a somewhat different vein- more post-punk, electronic, and avant garde than American indie.
    – A band called The Bronze Medal put out a debut record last year.

    Awesome post. Antlers and Wild Beasts are the most similar musically, IMHO. I’m a big fan of virtually all of the artists you mentioned here.

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