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EL VY in concert.jpg
EL VY in concert
Background information
GenresIndie rock
Years active2015–present
Associated acts
MembersMatt Berninger
Brent Knopf

EL VY is an American indie rock supergroup, with collaboration between Matt Berninger (lead vocalist of The National) and Brent Knopf (founding member of Ramona Falls and Menomena). The duo released their debut album, Return to the Moon, in October 2015.


Berninger and Knopf met when The National and Menomena shared a bill in Portland, Oregon on October 24, 2003, at Holocene.[1] The two became friends and kept in touch, periodically playing gigs together in subsequent years.[2]

EL VY released its debut studio album, Return to the Moon, in October 2015,[3] which Berninger, inspired by both Grease and We Jam Econo, imagined "as a sort of punk rock musical following the adventures of Didi and Michael — named after the Minutemen's D. Boon and Mike Watt."[4] EL VY tours as a four-piece, with Matt Sheehy on bass guitar and Andy Stack on drums.

On January 11, 2016, following the death of David Bowie, EL VY performed a cover Bowie's "Let's Dance" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, collaborating with Colbert's house band, Jon Batiste & Stay Human.[5]

In October 2016, EL VY contributed a song and videogame[6] to Dave Eggers' 30 Days, 50 Songs project, entitled "Are These My Jets".[7]


Official Members

  • Matt Berninger - lead vocals, lyrics
  • Brent Knopf - music composition, production, keys, guitars, synths, programming

Touring Members


During the recording of Return to the Moon, EL VY collaborated with several artists, including drummers Drew Shoals (of Train) and John O'Reilly Jr (fun. and others[8]), violinist Lauren Jacobson (The Lumineers and others), and background vocalists Ural Thomas, Moorea Masa, Allison Hall, and Margaret Wehr. A unique art card was created by John Solimine[9] for each song on the album. Return to the Moon was mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, mixed by Craig Silvey at Toast (assisted by Eduardo de la Paz). EL VY later enlisted Andrew Joslyn for strings on "Are These My Jets".[10]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions


Return to the Moon
  • Released: October 30, 2015
  • Label: 4AD
66 6 106 53 154 7 34 35 43


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album


Rock Air



"Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Blume to Sing, with Crescendo)" 2015 6 28 31 53 49 Return to the Moon
"Need a Friend" 119
"Are These My Jets" 2016 non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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  3. ^ Gaerig, Andrew (November 2, 2015). "EL VY: Return to the Moon". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "In El Vy, Matt Berninger works with dark humor and a brighter sound". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  5. ^ Breihan, Tom (January 12, 2016). "Watch El Vy Cover David Bowie's "Let's Dance" On Colbert". Stereogum. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Are These My Jets?". 30 Days, 30 Songs. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  7. ^ Barsanti, Sam (October 17, 2016). "El Vy kicks off this week's 30 Days, 30 Songs anti-Trump protest with a video game". The A.V. Club. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Drummer Bio | Discography". www.jordrum.com. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Spike Press » EL VY". spikepress.com. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  10. ^ "El Vy (The National/Menomena) Share New Anti-Trump Song". Andrew Joslyn. October 18, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
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  21. ^ "El Vy – Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  22. ^ "El Vy – Chart History: Rock Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  23. ^ "The National – Chart History: Canada Rock". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2018.

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