Last week, El Vy, the duo of the National’s Matt Berninger and Menomana’s Brent Knopf, released Return To The Moon, their debut album. And last night, they played their first-ever full live show at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge. During that live show, they busted out an unexpected cover: “She Drives Me Crazy,” the ridiculously popular Fine Young Cannibals hit from 1988. (Thanks to reader Renee Barrera for the tip.) Matt Berninger’s sozzled baritone is about as far as you can get from Roland Gift’s high-pitched squeak. But he made it work, and there’s a nice off-the-cuff feel to El Vy’s cover. The Portland crowd sang along really loudly, which helped. Watch the cover below.
Return To The Moon is out now on 4AD.