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Aiken Promotions presents

Sunday 13th December

EL VY

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MOVED TO VICAR STREET

DUE TO RIDICULOUS DEMAND THIS GIG HAS BEEN MOVED

ORIGINAL TICKETS STILL VALID

SEE TICKETMASTER.IE FOR EXTRA TICKETS

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Aiken Promotions present

EL VY

plus guest

MOVED TO VICAR STREET

Tickets priced €22.90 (including booking) on sale Friday August 7th @9am from www.ticketmaster.ie & outlets nationwide

RETURN TO THE MOON TO BE RELEASED OCTOBER 30

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 2014-115, 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 both 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 ofmiddle 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.”

The album opener and title track ‘Return To The Moon’ is now available to hear online today

Return To The Moon will be released on CD, LP and digitally from October 30th.

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.

TICKETS – MOVED TO VICAR STREET

ON SALE FRI 7th AUG, 9AM: €22.90 available online from WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 1890 200 078 (1-8pm M-F, 4-8pm Sat) PLUS a free copy of the album.

– 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.

AFTER THE GIG

Whelan’s Indie DJ in the bar and Sonntags [Disco/House/Funk] upstairs from 11pm til late (Free Entry).

  • Whelan's, 25 Wexford St.
  • Doors: 8pm
  • Tickets: MOVED TO VICAR STREET