Nada Surf LEGOS! by Andrew Becraft
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Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is
See These Bones by Nada Surf from the forthcoming album Lucky on Barsuk.
Instead of forever being mired in their ’96 hit
Popular and caving to artistic demands from then-label Elektra, this trio has thrived at home and abroad. Lucky is the band’s 5th studio album and the most immediately gratifying. Vocalist Matthew Caws has claimed, “I tend to be pretty hopeful about things further in the future, but full of anxiety about the next eight hours.” This mindset translates into songs at once forlorn yet hardwired with optimism. Nada Surf also received a little help from their friends this time around. Produced by John Goodmanson (Blonde Redhead, Sleater-Kinney), Lucky also features guest appearances from Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, The Long Winters’ John Roderick, Harvey Danger’s Sean Nelson, and others. Those of you who haven’t paid attention since ’96, seek forgiveness and start now. Nada Surf plays an acoustic set 1/30 at the Triple Door, followed shortly thereafter by the album release on 2/5. According to their MySpace page, following a European tour they return to play the Showbox on 3/28.
How happy is their label about the new album? Let Barsuk’s own Wes Howerton demonstrate: