Many, many great bands visited KEXP and performed in the Bumbershoot Music Lounge this year, bands as diverse as Forro in the Dark, Black Eyes and Neckties, Asylum Street Spankers, !!!, and Orgone. We were fortunate to film nearly all of them, and we’ll be rolling out footage as quickly as we can. First up, though, are KEXP favorites Nada Surf.
This summer, Matthew Caws and Ira Elliot were forced to tour without Daniel Lorca, who injured his knee, for the first time in something like 14 years! Though dread-less, the band soldiered on while Daniel convalesced and brought along their friend Jose Galvez (Ozma) to fill in on bass. On stage, the three performed as if they’d played the songs together for years. Sticking to a more stripped down arrangement — Ira on his drum box rather than behind the kit and Matthew strapped to his acoustic — Nada Surf performed for a full-capacity crowd one of the most memorable sets all weekend. Enjoy these two songs from the session and go back and read an exclusive interview with the band after the set:
What Is Your Secret