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Watch: EL VY - “I’m the Man to Be” Lyric Video (The National and Menomena Members)

Return to the Moon Due Out October 30 via 4AD

Sep 03, 2015 EL VY Bookmark and Share

The National’s frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo will be releasing their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, on October 30 via 4AD and previously shared the lyric video for the album opener and sort of title track, “Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, With Crescendo).” Now the band has shared a new song, “I’m the Man to Be,” via its lyric video.

The catchy song features the curious chorus: “I’m peaceful cause my dick’s in sunlight, held up by kites. I’m the man to be.” Tom Berninger (Matt’s brother) directed the video and filmed it in Los Angeles. It features Matt and Brent at the Santa Monica Pier amusement park and Matt singing the song on Venice Beach, as if he’s talking on a cell phone.

Matt Berninger talked about the origin of the song in a press release: “There’s this great Schoolboy Q song ‘There He Go’ which samples Menomena’s ‘Wet and Rusting.’ 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.”

Check out the “I’m the Man to Be” below, followed by their upcoming tour dates.

EL VY Tour Dates:


02 - PORTLAND, OR, Doug Fir Lounge SOLD OUT
03 - PORTLAND, OR, Doug Fir Lounge SOLD OUT
06 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA, The Independent SOLD OUT
07 - LOS ANGELES, CA, Troubadour SOLD OUT
08 - LOS ANGELES, CA, Troubadour SOLD OUT
10 - PHILADELPHIA, PA, Union Transfer
11 - WASHINGTON, DC, 9:30 Club
13 - NEW YORK, NY, Bowery Ballroom SOLD OUT
14 - BROOKLYN, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg SOLD OUT
15 - CAMBRIDGE, MA, The Sinclair SOLD OUT
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 SOLD OUT
02 - HAMBURG, Grunspan
04 - COLOGNE, Kantine
06 - BERLIN, Astra Kulturhaus
08 - PARIS, Le Trabendo
09 - LONDON, Electric Ballroom NEW SHOW ADDED
10 - LONDON, Electric Ballroom SOLD OUT
13 - DUBLIN, Vicar Street SOLD OUT


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