A new band drops their debut album today, "Return to the Moon".
But the musicians are not new to the business. Made up of The National's Matt Berninger and Menomona's Brent Knopf, the duo formed EL VY, a side project they've been working on for roughly four years.
Berninger's original journey to the stage took much longer. "I never had plans to be a musician." Berninger told CNBC. But that began to change when he went to college.
While in design school at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, Berninger and his friend Scott Devendorf formed a band called Nancy just for fun. "Because I couldn't play the guitar or anything else-- I defaulted to singing, which I also didn't know how to do," said Berninger.
In 1996, the two graduated from design school and moved to New York where they landed jobs designing websites for pharmaceutical companies and the financial industry. But music remained on both of their minds. Rather than reviving the college band, Berninger and Devendorf invited Scott's brother Bryan and two other Cincinnati natives, Aaron and Bryce Dessner, to start jamming with them on weekends at Berninger's Brooklyn loft apartment.