Nada Surf to Release "The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy" on Jan. 24
Wed, 26 Oct 2011 11:59:40
College rock faves Nada Surf will release the brilliantly titled The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy on Jan. 24, 2012. Fans can now grab, share and re-post the free download of "When I Was Young" by going here.
Stars is Nada Surf's seventh record, and fourth for Seattle indie Barsuk. This is their first album of new material in four years. The band will perform a day-of-release show at New York City's Bowery Ballroom.
Nada Surf's lineup for 15 years has been and still is Matthew Caws (vocals, guitar), Daniel Lorca (bass) and Ira Elliot (drums), though this time, as on if i had a hifi and the tour that followed, they invited guitarist Doug Gillard (Guided by Voices, Death of Samantha) to join in the proceedings. Chris Shaw (Wilco, Brendan Benson, Elvis Perkins in Dearland and Super Furry Animals) was brought in to produce and record, having worked with the band before when he mixed their hit song, "Always Love."
Unlike all of the other Nada Surf records, Stars was made with a distinct attempt to capture their live sound.
"We've always played faster and a little harder live," Caws said. "But we'd play so carefully in the studio. So with this album, we made a conscious decision to preserve what it felt like in the practice room, when you play with that new-song energy. Just embrace it and not worry whether we're overdoing it, kind of get all the thinking out of the way." The tempos are high, but the songs bristle with hooks, breathtaking changes, and Nada Surf's trademark genius bridges. The educated ear will hear the influence of many bands from '60s Brit-pop to post-punk and vintage indie, and yet there is an unmistakable Nada Surf sound: a certain rhythm section groove, introspective chord shapes and the unique emotional weight to Caws's voice, both boyish and very soulful, a combination of wisdom and vulnerability.
Did you check out "When I Was Young" by Nada Surf?