Berninger (The National) + Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls) announce EL VY debut album and London show

Berninger (The National) + Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls) announce EL VY debut album and London show

EL VY – The New Project By Matt Berninger (The National)

+ Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls / Menomena)

Return To The Moon to be released October 30th

London Electric Ballroom show December 10th

EL VY photographed by Deirdre O’Callaghan

EL VY (pronounced like a plural of Elvis; rhymes with ‘hell pie’) is the musical collaboration between Matt Berninger, vocalist and lyricist of The National, and Brent Knopf, the Portland musician and producer best known for his work in Menomena and his more recent band, Ramona Falls. Their debut album Return To The Moon will be released on October 30th via 4AD.

The album is a project Berninger and Knopf have been thinking about for years. Their friendship spans nearly a decade, starting back when the National and Menomena played small half-empty clubs along America’s west coast. Feeling an immediate musical kinship, the pair kept in touch, Brent sending Matt occasional rough sketches of music and Matt responding with melodies and lyrics. Finally, in the winter and spring of 2014-15, they actually got together to make an album.
Return To The Moon sounds exactly like you’d hope a collaboration between these artists would: Berninger’s darkly funny, lyrical storytelling and his immediately identifiable sense of melody offset by Knopf’s playful, architectural arrangements and inventive production. Knopf explains, “I never worried about sending Matt something unfinished. He’s able to imagine where it can go. He can grab the four bars that will become the core of the track and develop them into something amazing.”
The National and Ramona Falls are currently preparing upcoming releases, so EL VY is not a replacement or a side project, but a glimpse into an alternate musical universe: a universe in which Berninger never left Cincinnati, and Midwestern punk Mecca the Jockey Club never closed. A universe in which Mike Watt and the late D. Boon of the punk band Minutemen are every bit as iconic as Mick and Keith, and a teenager’s sense of rebellion is fed by the dark social politics of middle America.
“This record is more autobiographical than anything else I’ve written,” says Berninger, “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.”

EL VY – Return To The Moon
CAD 3530

1. Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)
2. I’m the Man to Be
3. Paul is Alive
4. Need a Friend
5. Silent Ivy Hotel
6. No Time to Crank the Sun
7. It’s a Game
8. Sleepin’ Light (feat. Ural Thomas)
9. Sad Case
10. Happiness, Missouri
11. Careless

Return To The Moon will be available digitally and on LP and CD from October 30th.
Preorder LP/CD | iTunes

Listeners who pre-order Return To The Moon on iTunes will receive the title track instantly, and every song on Side 1 (tracks 1-5) of the album before its October 30 release date.

The album’s opener and title track is now available to hear online today. Watchhere or via the link below:

‘Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)’

EL VY will perform with a touring band for the following shows:

03 – PORTLAND, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
04 – SEATTLE, WA, Neumos
06 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA, The Independent
07 – LOS ANGELES, CA, Troubadour
10 – PHILADELPHIA, PA, Union Transfer
11 – WASHINGTON, DC, 9:30 Club
13 – NEW YORK, NY, Bowery Ballroom
14 – BROOKLYN, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
15 – BOSTON, MA, The Sinclair
16 – MONTREAL, QC, Theatre Fairmount
17 – TORONTO, ON, Opera House
19 – CHICAGO, IL, Metro
20 – MILWAUKEE, WI, The Turner
21 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN, First Avenue
01 – COPENHAGEN, Pumpehuset
02 – HAMBURG, Grunspan
03 – AMSTERDAM, Melkweg
04 – COLOGNE, Kantine
06 – BERLIN, Astra
08 – PARIS, Trabendo
10 – LONDON, Electric Ballroom
12 – MANCHESTER, Gorilla
13 – DUBLIN, Whelans

Tickets go on sale for most venues on Friday 7th August – check local listings for more information.

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Berninger (The National) + Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls) announce EL VY debut album and London show