EL VY, the musical collaboration between Matt Berninger (lyricist and vocalist of The National) and Portland musician and producer Brent Knopf (Menomena / Ramona Falls), have presented a second new song ‘I’m The Man To Be’ from their forthcoming debut album, Return To The Moon (out 30th October).
Following in the footsteps of the album’s titular track (full name: ‘Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)’) comes the playful and posturing ‘I’m The Man To Be’ - a track that intriguingly causes Brent to muse: "I don't know if this song will make it easier or harder for EL VY to get a belt sponsorship".
The accompanying video starring the duo, directed by Tom Berninger and filmed in various locations around Venice Beach and Santa Monica, sets an equally playful tone. You can watch via the band's YouTube channel here, or in the player below.
“There’s this great Schoolboy Q song ‘There He Go’ which samples Menomena’s ‘Wet and Rusting’,” Matt Berninger says. “I thought it would be funny to re-sample the same sample and do it from the perspective of a pathetic self-aggrandizing rocker alone in a hotel room. Something I know a lot about. That’s how it started but then Brent took the sample out and we wrote an entirely new song.”
You can read more about EL VY in a recent NME interview with Matt here. Due to overwhelming demand, EL VY have added extra live shows, including a second date at London’s Electric Ballroom. A full list of dates can be found below.
You can pre-order Return To The Moon on LP/CD here. *LPs will include a MP3 download coupon.
You can pre-order the album via iTunes (w/ instant download of 'Return To The Moon' and 'I'm The Man To Be') here.
You can pre-order via Amazon here.
2nd – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR, US - SOLD OUT
3rd – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR, US - SOLD OUT
4th – Neumos, Seattle WA, US - SOLD OUT
6th – The Independent, San Francisco CA, US - SOLD OUT
7th – Troubadour, Los Angeles CA, US - SOLD OUT
8th - Troubadour, Los Angeles CA, US - SOLD OUT
10th – Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA, US [Tickets]
11th – 9:30 Club, Washington DC, US [Tickets]
13th – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY, US - SOLD OUT
14th – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY, US - SOLD OUT
15th – The Sinclair, Boston MA, US - SOLD OUT
16th – Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC, Canada [Tickets]
17th – Opera House, Toronto ON, Canada [Tickets]
19th – Metro, Chicago IL, US [Tickets]
20th – The Turner, Milwaukee WI, US [Tickets]
21st – First Avenue, Minneapolis MN, US [Tickets]
1st – Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark - SOLD OUT
2nd – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany [Tickets]
3rd – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands - SOLD OUT
4th – Kantine, Cologne, Germany [Tickets]
6th – Astra, Berlin, Germany [Tickets]
7th – AB, Brussels, Belgium [Tickets]
8th – Trabendo, Paris, France [Tickets]
9th - Electric Ballroom, London, UK [Tickets]
10th – Electric Ballroom, London, UK - SOLD OUT
12th – Gorilla, Manchester, UK - SOLD OUT
13th – Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland - SOLD OUT