Reuben Bettsak - vocals, guitar
David Altman - bass, vocals
Jeff Barsky - guitar, vocals
Jon Briks - percussion
The Nationale Blue are a four-piece band based in Boston. They play loud, noisy rock that has taken its ever-changing shape from each of its members' eclectic interests, as well as the desire to refine and channel those interests into something challenging and alive. The band's sound combines early 90's DC guitar sounds, the rhythmic end of 70's prog-rock (emphasis on the "rock"), and shares certain percussive, rhythmic, and experimental aspects of dub. The result is something explosive, challenging, cathartic, and tense, all at once.
The band's first official release (as a trio) was entitled A Different Kind of Listening, which charted on the CMJ college airplay chart at number 53. The record shows the two original members' willingness to forego traditional structure in favor of a more drawn-out, compositional approach; the band laid their initial roots somewhere on the map between progressive rock and 90's post-punk.
The Nationale Blue followed this recording not immediately with another record, but by playing live. The band developed its sound on the stage more than in the studio. Appropriately enough, the band's recorded output continued with a limited edition tour 7-inch on Boston-based Losing Blueprint Records, which featured "The Drift", a song that followed them to Europe for a 25-date summer tour.
"The Drift" was indicative of the band's new direction. It was an exploration of rhythm with its low and rumbling dance-y bass and drums, and a challenge of melodic dissonance through its raw and noisy guitar attack. The song, like the band's arrival in Europe, was anything but subtle.
The band followed up their European tour by recording a cover of Slant 6's "Double Edged Knife" for Millipede Records' Dischord Tribute, and just finished a split record with Germany's "The European Translation Of". The split record's April release will precede their return to Europe, and the band is confident that it's their best work yet.
The Nationale Blue share a love for playing together, and with their diverse musical interests, their undying inspiration is in the passion and the energy of creating something that's alive and in the moment.