Berninger in 2019
|Birth name||Matthew Donald Berninger|
|Born||February 13, 1971|
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Matthew Donald Berninger (//, born February 13, 1971) is an American singer-songwriter, primarily known as the frontman of indie rock band The National. In 2014 he also formed the EL VY project with Brent Knopf of Ramona Falls & Menomena and released the album Return to the Moon in November 2015. In May 2020, Berninger announced that he would be releasing his debut solo album Serpentine Prison in October and shared the title track.
Berninger is a 1989 graduate of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. He went on to study graphic design at the University of Cincinnati, where he met fellow band member Scott Devendorf in 1991. The two quickly became friends. Berninger quit a career in advertising in his thirties to start The National. He told The Telegraph: "I was doing well [in advertising]. But, once I entertained the thought that maybe I wouldn't ever have to go and sit in conference rooms with MasterCard to discuss web ads again, I couldn't shake it."
Berninger is married to Carin Besser, a one-time fiction editor for The New Yorker, who has often contributed to the band's songwriting ("Brainy" and "Ada" from the album Boxer) and backup vocals. Together with Hope Hall and Andreas Burgess, Besser also helped direct the music video for "Bloodbuzz Ohio". They have a daughter named Isla. Berninger has stated that the song "Afraid of Everyone" was influenced by his anxiety about being a new father.
In popular culture
In 2020, Berninger was the subject of the third episode of the fictional erotic podcast, Dirty Diana.
|2020||Serpentine Prison||to be released in October 2020|
|2013||"I'll See You in My Dreams"||Boardwalk Empire: Volume 2||Isham Jones cover|
|2014||"Hush (Theme from Turn)" (with Joy Williams)||digital single||recorded for the TV show Turn|
|"A Lyke Wake Dirge" (with Andrew Bird)||digital single|
|2019||"Walking on a String" (featuring Phoebe Bridgers)||digital single||recorded for Between Two Ferns: The Movie|
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