the National are pretty influential to me, especially considering Matt Berninger's unique frontman role. the lyrics contain some of the most visceral imagery in my library, and i learned from an interview that he writes songs based on moods and as such, they can have multiple or ambiguous meanings -- i found out that's how i'm most comfortable writing my own lyrics. also, i used to get frustrated at my baritone voice because i felt like i had to use my upper range too often in order for the music to be engaging -- the National is an exact counterexample to that, and they have inspired me to write music that works with my comfortable vocal range instead of the other way around.
Dammit Ryan stop with the paragraphs
Seriously though, more power to you then. The National (in my opinion) are a very very unique-sounding band and I really don't think there's anyone who does exactly what they do, if that makes sense. Might get some shit for that but I think it's true.