PICTURE THIS: EL VY @ Doug Fir Lounge, Portland 11/02/2015
The National’s Matt Berninger joined forces with Brent Knopf (of Menomena and Ramona Falls) to create EL VY. Accompanied by Andy Stack of Wye Oak on drums and Matt Sheehy of Lost Lander on bass, they’re a veritable supergroup. Their show at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge was the band’s very first, but you wouldn’t have known it to hear them. And even though their first record Return to the Moon had been out less than a week the sold-out crowd danced and sang along like the brand new tunes were old favorites. The band ended their too-brief set with the unexpected but fantastic cover of Fine Young Cannibals’ “She Drives Me Crazy”.