If you haven’t listened to Nada Surf since the 90s, you have missed out on one of the best under-rated guitar bands around. These guys are the best parts of the last 2 decades of pop music – a truly great blend of grunge guitar, pop hooks, and emo heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics, and just plain old optimism.
Their album, The Weight A Gift, was a beautiful masterpiece; especially the song Always Love, which is a sincere gut-check, mood-lifter, and an almost constant companion of mine – on iPod, CD, Spotify, whatever.
They followed it up with “if i had a hi-fi” (sic), an entire album of cover songs, breathed into new life by the band.
But their newest album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, is a revelation. There is nothing better in the world than your favorite band reminding you why you liked them to begin with.
We saw them in concert last night at the 9:30 club, and the concert was a delight from start to finish. And then an unexpected bonus! – lead singer Matthew Caws came out to the merch table to meet the fans afterwards. An uncharacteristic move for a more established band, but it just seemed like further evidence of how sweet-natured they are as people, if you haven’t already learned it from their music. I was delighted! Check out what the band is up to next at the Nada Surf website.
Nada Surf Downloads:
Always Love, The Weight is a Gift, Nada Surf
When I Was Young, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, Nada Surf
Looking Through, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, Nada Surf
Snow on The Mountain, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, Nada Surf
Blankest Year, The Weight is a Gift, Nada Surf
If You Leave (LP), Nada Surf