Nada Surf has released their long-awaited new LP, NEVER NOT TOGETHER, via Barsuk. It’s the band’s ninth studio recording — their first in almost four years — and it received significant praise ahead of its release. After the release of album standout “So Much Love,” Rolling Stone proclaimed it “a driving, elegant song about being constantly blown away by the way the passing beauty of everyday life can help free up a heavy mind,” and praised its “sun-through-clouds loveliness.” MOJO shared similar sentiments in their four-star review, saying that the album “feels like an old friend open to new tricks. Familiar bittersweet flavours are sensitively tweaked but Nada Surf’s cathartic heartbursts remains in perfect harmony.” NPR also included the album in today’s “New Music Friday” column, saying that “Matthew Caws’ songs all carry the values of somebody who is a seeker and looking for connection and warmth in the world and, at the same time, such a tight band and so the songs just have this big, chimey, grandiose, ultra catchy quality that continues to this day completely uninterrupted. Another terrific record.”
The release of NEVER NOT TOGETHER will be followed by extensive worldwide touring. Having just wrapped the first leg of their U.S. tour dates, the tour will resume on February 25 in Cambridge, UK. The second leg of the U.S. tour will pick up in May. See below for the full tour itinerary, and for complete tour details and ticket information, please visit www.nadasurf.com.
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.”
Founded in 1992, Nada Surf has only grown more creative and resourceful as time has marched on, each consecutive release notable for the quality of its craft as well as Caws’ ongoing growth as both songwriter and human being. 2018 saw the New York City-based band celebrating the 15th anniversary of their seminal Barsuk Records label debut album, LET GO. In addition, Nada Surf recently marked the 20th anniversary of 1999’s NORTH 6TH STREET, a long-unavailable collection of early demos recorded upon the band’s initial formation, by making it available on digital services for the first time. NEVER NOT TOGETHER follows 2016’s acclaimed eighth studio recording, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, and live album, PEACEFUL GHOSTS (recorded alongside Potsdam’s renowned Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg).