Nada Surf has Australia deep in their thoughts as they release their new single today. ‘So Much Love’ is the uplifting latest taste of the venerable NYC indie icons’ long-awaited ninth album Never Not Together (arriving via Barsuk / City Slang on February 7).
It’s music the world needs right now – the concept threaded throughout the album is about how we’re connected, no matter where we’re from or who we are. By extension and like the record as a whole, the opener and consummate Nada Surf single “So Much Love” swiftly seeps in as an uplifting anthem of sorts, overflowing with all the the things that make the band great – it’s positive, and full of kindness and hopefulness.
Frontman Matthew Caws explains: “It’s a song that celebrates good will between people. Sometimes it can be hard to remember that it’s there. but it’s all around us. Small things add up. a little tolerance and acceptance can be built on. we’re good at love and being kind. it comes naturally to us, but so do other things. You just have to keep looking for the right way to lean, it’s worth everything.”
Never Not Together is the band’s first album in four years and was heralded last November by the crashing new single, “Something I Should Do”. Brooklyn Vegan enthused: “As you’d probably expect from this consistently reliable band – catchy and instantly likable.”
Entirely different and something of an access point into their music for the uninitated, the stunning and anthemic slow-burn “Looking For You” followed in December, joined by a unique animated video filmed by the members of the band themselves.
Never Not Together sees Nada Surf – Matthew Caws, Daniel Lorca, Ira Elliot, and their longtime friend and collaborator, Louie Lino – continuing to pursue their humanistic vision of the world through hooky, catchy rock songs with sharply drawn, yet tenderly felt, lyrics. Recorded earlier this year at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Wales, the wide-ranging collection revels in the group’s ability to evoke and reflect grand and intricately wrought emotions, whether through sweeping guitar solos or hushed-whisper vocals. Songs like the spectacular “Looking For You” and the shimmering mid-tempo “Just Wait” are empathetic, warm, and powerfully urgent, marked by Caws’ ongoing lyrical quest for 21st
century love and connection.
“We’re all together, and that’s just the way it is, and the way it always will be,” says Caws. “That’s the sacred truth of it.”
Long hailed for their unique ability to create deep emotional bonds with their live audience, Nada Surf will celebrate NEVER NOT TOGETHER with a major world tour. U.S. headline dates begin January 14 at Seattle, WA’s Neptune Theatre and then travel through early February (see itinerary below). The band will be joined throughout the tour by an array of special guests, including Apex Manor, John Vanderslice, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Why Bonnie, and The Lees of Memory.
From there, Nada Surf will cross the Atlantic for an eagerly awaited European tour, resuming in Cambridge, England’s J2 on February 25. The tour includes stops in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Australian dates to be confirmed.
NEVER NOT TOGETHER OUT FEB 7 and available for pre-order now.
ABOUT THE ALBUM
Recorded earlier this year at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Wales, Never Not Together is the band’s first album in four years. They took some time off after extensively touring their last release. The wide-ranging collection revels in the group’s ability to evoke and reflect grand and intricately wrought emotions, whether through sweeping guitar solos or hushed-whisper vocals.
Nada Surf shot to fame in 1996 with their a major label debut single ‘Popular‘ and first album High/Low, produced by the late/great Ric Ocasek. In 2002 they went indie and released Let Go, a record that would propel them to the venerable icons they are now with a career overflowing for highlights and classic music.
An American institution, you’ve undoubtedly heard Nada Surf in your favourite TV show. They’ve featured in The OC, Orange Is The New Black, How I Met Your Mother, One Tree Hill,Bojack Horseman and Gilmore Girls to name only a handful.
1. So Much Love
2. Come Get Me
3. Live Learn & Forget
4. Just Wait
5. Something I Should Do
6. Looking For You
7. Crowded Star
9. Ride In The Unknown