It's easy to be brutal and hate when you can be a complete fanboy about other bands and I've been in Love with Nada Surf since 2000. Fresh from the instore this evening at Rough Trade East, that love has grown even bigger, naturally. Nada Surf played a 50 minute set with songs from the new album, Goodmanson produced Lucky, personal favourite The Weight is A Gift and my freshman experience with them Let Go. ("Happy Kid" was my first encounter)
While never a massive band in this country, the american three-piece write poppy, anthemic pop songs which never disappoint... and their new album, released next week in the UK, once again demostrates their ability to craft an excellent melody out of the ether. Now on their 7th album into a TWENTY YEAR CAREER, tonight's instore was possibly one of the best stripped down sets I have ever seen... (big words but warranted)
It's currently streaming on the always reliable NPR First Listen and is released on City Slang on Monday. Welcome Back Nada Surf!