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'Mistaken For Strangers': A Story About A Band Becomes A Story About Two Brothers

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The new documentary film, Mistaken For Strangers, was made by Tom Berninger, the brother of The National's singer Matt Berninger. The new documentary film, Mistaken For Strangers, was made by Tom Berninger, the brother of The National's singer Matt Berninger.

Brooklyn indie rock outfit The National is a band of brothers -- literally. The group consists of two pairs of brothers -- there's Bryce and Aaron Dessner, and Scott and Bryan Devendorf, plus frontman Matt Berninger. But Berninger does, in fact, have a brother who is nine years his junior.

Tom Berninger joined The National as a roadie for a portion of its recent world tour, and he brought a camera along. And what he documented along the way has now been released as Mistaken For Strangers, a chronicle of Tom's relationship with his big brother and his conflicted feelings about Matt's rock star status. 

In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, the Berningers talk about how Tom's almost incidental inclusion in the band's tour support roster lead to a film equal parts painful character study and warm, funny portrait of family... with guitars.

This segment originally aired on March 31, 2014.

Guests:

Matt Berninger and Tom Berninger

Comments [1]

In his Reddit "Ask Me Anything," the British actor Clive Owen recently said that he's a fan of The National.

So, I checked them out. Pretty solid band.

Apr. 01 2014 02:30 PM

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