The National’s Matt Berninger and Menomena’s Brent Knopf form EL VY, announce LP and share single — listen

New super-side-project will tour behind Return to the Moon this fall


    Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena/Ramona Falls have joined forces to become EL VY (as PR for the band says, it’s “pronounced like a plural of Elvis; rhymes with ‘hell pie’”). On October 30th, 4AD will release their debut LP, Return to the Moon, which they’ll support with both North American and European tour dates.

    As a press for the album explains it, Berninger and Knopf became friends nearly a decade ago while touring small West Coast clubs together. They spent the intermitent years sending music back and forth, until finally they recorded Return to the Moon this past winter and spring. The resulting album features “Berninger’s darkly funny, lyrical storytelling and his immediately identifiable sense of melody, offset by Knopf’s playful, architectural arrangements and inventive production.”

    “This record is more autobiographical than anything else I’ve written,” Berninger said in a statement, “but the details aren’t true. It’s written in the voices of a few invented characters, composites of different people – myself, my wife, and other people I was thinking about.”


    Though they note that both members mainstay bands are working on new music (!!), this record will provide “a glimpse into an alternate musical universe.” As a peek into this otherworld dimension, they’ve shared the title track to their debut LP. Check it out:

    Pre-orders are ongoing for both digital and physical formats. Those who opt for the digital version will receive “Return to the Moon” instantly, followed by tracks two through five before the album’s official release. EL VY will put together a touring band for their fall tour, and you can find those dates beneath the Return to the Moon cover art and tracklist.

    Return to the Moon Album Artwork:
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    Return to the Moon Tracklist:
    01. Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)
    02. I’m the Man to Be
    03. Paul Is Alive
    04. Need a Friend
    05. Silent Ivy Hotel
    06. No Time to Crank the Sun
    07. It’s a Game
    08. Sleepin’ Light (feat. Ural Thomas)
    09. Sad Case
    10. Happiness, Missouri
    11. Careless


    EL VY 2015 Tour Dates:
    11/02 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
    11/03 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
    11/04 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
    11/06 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
    11/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
    11/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    11/11 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    11/13 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
    11/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall fo Williamsburg
    11/15 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
    11/16 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
    11/17 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
    11/19 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
    11/20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
    11/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
    12/01 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuse
    12/02 – Hamburg, DE @ Knust
    12/03 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
    12/04 – Cologne, DE @ Kantine
    12/06 – Berlin, DE @ Astra
    12/07 – Brussels, BE @ AB
    12/08 – Paris, FR @ Trabendo
    12/10 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
    12/12 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
    12/13 – Dublin, IE @ Whelans