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VUE WEEKLY

TWO CAN PLAY THAT GIG

NATIONAL, WITH FRACTAL PATTERN, POWERPLANT, U OF A, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2002

When you’re a two-piece you can either strip everything down to the bare bones and revel in the minimalist fun of it all, or you can build your sound up layer by layer, forcing people to ask, “Are there really just two of them?”National falls somewhere in the middle, proving once again there are no absolutes in music. Guitarist Jason Scott says he and drummer Phil Hickson are definitely a duo, but they are sometimes orbited by Ron de Jong. Their demo He Understands Me was recorded using a four-track, which Scott says they used to play with their sound. “We definitely feel the studio is an art form,” he says. “Lots of my favourite bands use the four-track as a fourth or fifth instrument. I wouldn’t call it all-out experimental. It’s not meant to be immediately accessible. It doesn’t have a built-in large audience, not having a connection to a former scene or a time period. It’s more about us trying to define our own time period.”

Phil Duperron


- Vue Weekly


Discography

HE UNDERSTANDS ME - ep, released 2003
HANDMADE BY MACHINES - full length, released 2005

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IN AN ERA THAT TURNS A BLIND EYE TO THE DECONSTRUCTION OF THE IMPORTANCE INHERENT TO NON RELIGIOUS PLACES OF CONTEMPLATION, TWO STAND ALONE THE NEW SOCIETY OF NATIONAL SHE CALLS IT SHIT ROCK BUT SHE PUMPS HER FIST AS SHE SAYS IT WE ARE POST CARNIVORS WE EAT FLESH AND SPEW TRUTH MUSIC FOR NOW AND MUSIC THAT USHERS IN A BETTER TOMORROW UTILIZING A FAMILIAR VERNACULAR TO CREATE A NEW LANGUAGE OF LOVE AND DEATH AND EVOLUTION SMASHING TOGETHER THE ANALOG AND THE DIGITAL TO CREATE BETTER COMMUNICATION. GOSPEL RECENTLY SPREAD ACROSS WESTERN CANADA. ROCK IN THE VEIN OF TRANS AM, SIX FINGER SATTELITE, BRAINIAC, DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS